Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Capture the Date with November's Stamp of the Month!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring Capture The Date, a set of 72 stamps.  If you have come here from Helen Onulak'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 60 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!

Wow!  Another month gone by and here we are looking forward to Thanksgiving!  Where has all the time gone? With November's Capture the Date, you have the perfect set to make note of that special date you want to remember!

To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US 
severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, 
Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month 
set sold as a part of this promotion during November

I used this set to make a mini date book!  The Artiste Cricut Cartridge made it very easy to create the book and pages.  The cover and pages are all created by using just one key - <Family/Live>.   

I set the measurement to cut at 3 1/2 for the book and the pages.  I used Dakota paper (X7157B) for my book and reinforced it with black cardstock.  The book closes with our Hook and Loop Dots (Z1805).  These are great little adhesive velcro type dots.  Black hemp (Z282) ties it all together  while the Durables Round Studs (Z1706) give the book flap a finished look.   The layered flower on top is cut using the <y> Accent 2 key on the Artiste Cartridge with Pacifica and Black cardstock.

I tried out two different styles of pages you could use inside the book.  The first set uses the smallest numbers from Capture the Date so that you can write in something for each date.

The 2nd set of monthly pages was a little easier because I used the large numbers.  I put "1" and "15"  on one side of the page and on the back, I stamped "16" and the last day of the month.
I reinforced the inside edge of each page by using zip strips or 1/2 inch strips from the Dakota B&T papers.   The book has 12 pages but you could add at least 6 more pages for a total of 18.  I tied my hemp loosely so that book would open up wide enough easily write on the pages.

Here is one more quick and fun project using Capture the Date.  (You didn't think I'd have just ONE project did you??) For this project I made a journaling pocket.  Again, I used the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.

I used the <U> Card key to cut the pocket in Barn Red Cardstock.  Zip strips from the Dakota paper  and a Foundry Ribbon Slide (Z1460) with Black ribbon to accent the pocket.  This pocket is 4 1/2 inches tall.   I cut a card to fit inside the pocket.  Now I just need to journal on the card and add it to a layout.

Remember! The this Stamp of the Month is available ONLY during the month of November!  You can purchase it for just $5 when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart products!   BUT WAIT!!! In November when you purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5, you get any stamp (A, B, C, D, E & M) for 50% off!

Now, hop on over to Tracie Pasqualone's blog and see what she has created for you!  Or read further about my Mystery Hostess Party and then hop on.

I'm having a Mystery Hostess Party!  

No need to dress up, fix up or even get out of your your house!  You can shop in the comfort of your own home!   For every $100 in in total sales for the Mystery Party I will draw a Mystery Hostess and they will each get to $20 in FREE Select Product!  
HOW DOES THIS WORK?  Go to my website and JOIN "Gina Brandstetter Mystery Hostess" party and place your order byNovember 17th.  Your order will be shipped directly to you within 10 days of the date you submit your order.   For every $25 in product you order (before shipping and tax), your name will be entered.  For instance, if your product order totals $55 you will have two chances to be Mystery Hostess!

On November 18, I will tally the total sales from the party and will draw from all the names who submitted orders.  I will call each Mystery Hostess for their selection of $20 in FREE Select Product!   

So what are you waiting for??  Start shopping today!

What are the benefits of shopping on line?
  1. Your order is shipped directly to you!
  2. You can choose the $4.95 or 4.95% shipping (a lower option that may take 1 to 2 days longer). I love this option and use it often!
  3. You can shop from the WHILE SUPPLIES LAST section.  It's a great place to buy up lots of great discontinued scrapbooking supplies at a VERY LOW cost!  (Can you say STOCKING STUFFERS??) 
  4. Studio J layouts qualify as purchase for Mystery Hostess Party as long as you choose the option to Join the Mystery Hostess Party when you purchase your Studio J Layouts.  
  5. November's special will qualify! When you purchase Capture the Date for $5.00, you can choose ANY stamp (A, B, C, D, E or M) for 50% off!


Now, hop on over to Tracie Pasqualone's blog 


  1. What a neat idea to create a page for a range of dates. Love what you did and it's inspiring to see the album from the Artiste cartridge. Gonna have to make one soon. ;)

  2. ADORABLE!!! I love it! :) Beautiful Gina...and the mini album is perfect!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Nice work Gina! I love how well you've used this stamp set. THANKS for inspiring me with your creativity! :)

  4. Love love love your date clever:)

  5. You did a great job!!! I love it!!!

  6. Your idea of a date book is so clever. Thank you for sharing the idea!

  7. I could so see having something like this on a trip! Then...on the pages with the ranges, you could go back and stamp the date in the small circle next to the journaling. Great idea!

  8. What a pile of work! Looks great. Not sure if you knew, you're featured on CTMH's facebook page. Way to go!


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