Monday, October 24, 2016

Yuletide Joy Embossed Card

The October Stamp of the Month is so much fun! It is called Yuletide and contains four detailed, adorable, hand-drawn images and three sentiments. Two of the images (outlined in red) coordinate with the retired Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

I used the gift image and the word “Noel” from the stamp set on my card. I embossed them by stamping the images on Kraft cardstock with VersaMark ink, sprinkling them with White Embossing Powder, and then heat setting them with a Craft Heater. I haven't heat embossed in a while and forgot how much fun the technique is! 

I matted the Kraft cardstock to some Cranberry cardstock with 3-D Foam Tape and attached it to the card base with more 3-D Foam Tape. I colored a few Bitty Clear Sparkles and one regular sized Clear Sparkle with the Carmine ShinHan Touch Twin alcohol marker. (The Clear Sparkles take the ShinHan marker ink so well! I love that I can create any color Sparkle using my ShinHan markers.) After adding the newly colored red Sparkles to the card, I added some fine glitter to the stars with the Shimmer Brush. It is hard to see in the photo, but the glitter sparkles in the light and makes the stars stand out when held at the right angle.

Did you know that you can get this adorable stamp set for just $5? With a minimum qualifying purchase of $50, you can get the set for just $5! Or if you prefer you can get the stamp set at full retail price ($17.95). But hurry because the set is only available through the end of October.

Click here or on the image below to order your Yuletide Stamp of the Month.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Planners Gotta Plan - 2017 Planners are HERE!

The Everyday Day Life 2017 Planners are here! The month dividers of this planner feature beautiful, intricate coloring-page style designs that are carried through in smaller details on the following pages. These planner pages also include a plastic zipper pouch for storing your markers, coloring pencils, pen, and other writing and decorating instruments.

You can purchase the planner in three different ways:

Bundled together with the Everyday Life Album—Stripes (CC1178, $31.90)...

Bundled together with the Everyday Life™ Album—Seaglass (CC1177, $31.90)...

Or, buy only the planner pages themselves (CC2017, $16.95)...

Planning and coloring therapy? It’s a win-win!

These fabulous planners are only available for a limited time while supplies last, so be sure to order yours soon. Which bundle is your favorite?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Die Cutting with Thin Cuts Metal Dies

I have been having lots of fun prepping this month’s project kits. One of the optional add-ons with the kit this month is the Snowflakes Thin Cuts metal dies. I love the metal dies because they are a quick alternative to using the Cricut machine. I am thrilled that I have had so many orders for this month’s kit, however, it did take a bit longer to prep the kits for those who did not order the Thin Cuts die with their kit. (I always pre-cut the pieces when the dies are not ordered with the kits.)

I have had a few questions lately about which die cut machine I use. Of course I always use my Cricut Explore machine when using CTMH’s awesome Cricut cartridges, but when using our Thin Cuts, I like to use my Evolution machine made by We R Memory Keepers. (I also have an old Cuttlebug that I use from time to time as well. But I like to use the Evolution when cutting a lot at one time.) Here is a video with more info on the machine. You can purchase it online from most craft websites. I got mine from HSN when it first came out a few years ago.  

The Evolution machine is also great for embossing with CTMH’s Embossing Folders. I hope that helps answer your questions. Now, I must get back to cutting the fun glitter snowflakes for this month’s kits. *Ü*

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October Project Kit - Very Merry Christmas Card Kit

This month we will be getting a head start on our Christmas Cards. We will be using the Oh Deer! patterned paper along with the Very Merry Holiday stamp set to create 16 cards (4 each of 4 designs.)

This month’s local class will be held on Thursday, October 20th at 7pm. (If you’d like to order a kit to be mailed to you instead, see the shipping option below.)

Very Merry Christmas Card Kit (16 Cards) - $36
All pre-cut kits will include the following:

Add on additional Kits for just $15 each. 
Additional Kits include the following:

Additional supplies needed to complete the project.
You can add any or all of these items to your order when you check out below.

Each kit will make 16 cards (4 each of 4 designs.)

Card #1

Card #2

Card #3

Card #4

Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than October 8th if you would like to join us for the class. 

Kits ordered by October 8th will be mailed by October 22nd.
Kits ordered after October 8th, will be mailed within two weeks.
All kits/classes need to be paid for in advance. Thank you for understanding.

To order a kit(s), you may either send me a check or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the “Add to Cart” buttons below. If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please choose the shipped option. $6 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)

Very Merry Christmas Card Kit - local

Very Merry Christmas Card Kit - shipped
$36 ($6 will be added for shipping)

Choose your Add Ons below - for local and shipped kits

To find out more about my monthly “no-commitment” Creative Club, click here
You do not need to be local to participate. *Ü*

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Promotions

Happy Fall! I am excited to share two wonderful promotions with you that are available during the month of October.

Real Rewards

This month only, use your Hostess Rewards to become a Close To My Heart Consultant. We love rewarding our Hostesses, and our Hostess Rewards program is one of the most generous programs out there. During the month of October, in addition to earning free and discounted products, Hostesses have another fantastic option for using their Hostess Rewards credit: applying it toward a New Consultant Kit! It’s the perfect time for hosting your own Close To My Heart Gathering—it could open the door to a rewarding new opportunity! 

There are different ways to earn Hostess Rewards. You can host a Home Gathering where I come to your home and share information about CTMH with you and your friends, we make a fun (free) project that you and your guests can take home, and your friends place orders for products that help you earn Hostess Rewards.

If you are not local or would rather not host a Gathering in your home, I can set up an Online Gathering where your friends can place their orders online and they get shipped directly to them. Then when you are ready to close out the Online Gathering, you choose your Hostess Rewards and they are sent directly to you.

If you choose to use your rewards towards the New Consultant Kit, you will be pleasantly surprised by all of the goodies you will get! The kit is valued at over $200 plus it also comes with $50 of Select Product Credit that you can use to get more free goodies! Click here for more details on what is in the kit, and all of the benefits of joining our Close to my Heart family.

* Offer valid October 1 – October 31, 2016. New Consultant Kit requires separate application to purchase. Normal shipping/handling & tax apply to purchase of New Consultant Kit.


Stamp of the Month

With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-sized Stamp of the Month set for just $5! Add the stamp set to your cart here at full retail price ($17.95) or, with your qualifying order of $50, get it for just $5!

Set of 7
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1" × 3½" (Y1002), 3" × 3" (Y1006)

Stamp images outlined in red coordinate with the retired Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

Click here or on the image below to order your Stamp of the Month.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Create Kindness Mini Cards and Box

I am having lots of fun with Close to my Heart’s Create Kindness promotion this month! The cards in the kit are so quick and easy to make! Did you know that you can order the cards and the mini stamps separately if you don’t want to get the full kit? You can also order extra cards if you already have the kit and want to make more.

I made a set of four cards using four of the different stamps from the Create Kindness kit. After I stamped the images on the white cardstock circles that come with the pre-printed card bases, I colored them with various ShinHan Touch Twin markers. Then I cut a scallop circle from different colored cardstock (Pansy, Raspberry, Sweet Leaf, and Lagoon) and double matted them with Thin 3-D Foam Tape. I added a few Clear Bitty Sparkles to finish them off.

I wanted a little gift box that would hold the four cards and envelopes, so I resized the box I created for my August project kit. I cut the top of the box from a piece of Raspberry polka dot paper from the Adventure Paper Fundamentals pack and the bottom of the box from a piece of black cardstock. I used the Enjoy—Create Kindness stamp on the top of the box and matted it to a black cardstock scallop square.

Here is a link to the Design Space file if you'd like to make the box. The scallop circle and the scallop square are from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.

Click here to order your own Create Kindness kit.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Organize Craft Supplies using Everyday Life Albums

Close to my Heart’s Everyday Life scrapbooking line is perfect for quick and easy scrapbooking, but did you know that you can also use the Everyday Life Albums to organize your crafting supplies? Anything that can help me organize my craft room makes this crafter H-A-P-P-Y! CTMH has two beautiful new Everyday Life Albums—one with black and white stripes and the other is a solid Sea Glass color. Both 1" albums have 3-rings and a soft faux leather cover that measures 9 ⅜" × 8¼" × 1½".

There are lots of different supplies that you can store in your albums depending on the type of page protectors that you use. The Thin Cuts Metal Dies fit perfectly in the 4" x 6" Memory Protectors. Each package of Thin Cuts comes with a 4" x 6" magnet which you can slide into the Memory Protector. They hold the Thin Cuts in place and make it easy to remove them when needed.

The 4" x 3" Memory Protectors are great for storing embellishments including Twine, Gems, Sparkles, and more. 

The Embossing Folders fit perfectly in the 8" x 6" Memory Protectors. I have struggled forever to find a good storage solution for the Embossing Folders. This is it! I can sort through them quickly and find the one I need in a snap.

I love that CTMH has so many wonderful storage options and am thrilled that I finally have a place to organize my Thin Cuts, Embossing Folders, and Embellishments! I hope this helps give you some ideas on how to organize and store some of your crafting supplies.