Monday, November 24, 2014

November Stamp of the Month Card Set

Close to my Heart’s November Stamp of the Month called It’s the Little Things is a really fun set. I created this card as part of a card set to share during my presentation at the CTMH Convention a few months ago to show the versatility of the Fall themed Pathfinding Collection. I really love the Glacier and Chocolate color combination. You would never know that the paper came from a Fall themed collection. I stamped the leaves from It’s the Little Things SOTM on some White Daisy cardstock and then cut them out with CTMH’s Micro-Tip Scissors. The flowers were cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

To make the card above, I started with a piece of 11" x 4¼" Chocolate cardstock and scored it in half. I trimmed off  2¼" from the top front of the card leaving a 2" flap in the front. I then matted a piece of 4" x 5¼" White Daisy cardstock on the inside and a piece of 1¾" x 5¼" patterned paper on the front panel. I stamped the sentiment on the top right in Chocolate ink and added the die cut flowers, the trimmed out leaves, and a few Gold Bling Gems on the front panel to finish it off.

This is what the whole card set looks like. (I used this set as inspiration for my July project kit here, which you can still order.)

I embellished a Journaling Card Box to hold all of the cards and envelopes.

Here are the other cards that are in the set. The other products I used to make them are the Floral Embossing Folder,  Lifetime of Happiness stamp set, Spring Banner stamp set, and scallop border punch.

So, what do you think? Do you love the November Stamp of the Month as much as I do? Did you know that you can get it for just $5 with a $50 order? But hurry. This set is only available through November 30th.

Click on the link below to order the November Stamp of the Month and the supplies to make your own card set.

Monday, November 17, 2014

She Art

I attended a Close to my Heart Leadership Event this past week and among the great training, amazing food, and fun fellowship time, we also had a some creative time. One of the projects that we made was a canvas “She Art” project. I have always admired others “She Art,” but have been scared to try it myself. When  found out that we were going to make one at this event, my first thought was that I was terrified, but as I got into the process of actually making the project, I had SO MUCH FUN! 

These types of projects are very fun, whimsical, and somewhat busy, which I always admire in other designer's projects, but is totally out of my “cleaning & simple” comfort zone. However, I could continue working on this particular canvas for another week by adding more stamped images, paper pieced patterns, etc, but I decided to stop where I was and share it with you. All of the stamps, inks, papers, cardstock, markers, sparkles, and even the canvas is from Close to my Heart.

So what do you think? Would this be something that you’d like to try? I must say it was very freeing and very fun!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Holiday Open House

Join us for a special Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at my home in Temecula, California from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. (Contact me for address.) If you are not local and would like to purchase some of the cards from the card buffet or custom jewelry from the jewelry buffet, let me know and I will be happy to send you a PayPal invoice and mail them to you.

This will be an open house style event, so you may come and go as you please. There will be three great options for you including an “All-You-Can-Make Card Buffet,” a Custom Jewelry Buffet, and a special Clearance Sale of my Cash and Carry items. This is a great time to make custom holiday gifts, fun Christmas cards, and buy CTMH products at discounted prices your yourself or as gifts for your “crafty” friends and family!

Christmas Card Buffet

Make as many of each card as you like. There will be at least 6 (possibly more) different card designs. (See photos above for some of the cards we will be making.) The cards will be $1.50 each and will include an envelope. You may make as many as you like, but please note that they will be on a first come, first served basis, so if you come later during the event, the card designs that you like may be gone. All you need to bring is adhesive and I will provide the rest including pre-cut cardstock, stamp sets, blocks, ink pads, etc.

Custom Jewelry Buffet

Bring your own 1" x 1" or 1" x 1½" photos or use one of the many fun designs that I will have available to create your own necklace pendant or bracelet cuff. There will be a variety of shapes and colors (silver, gold, square, oval, rectangle) available along with lots of different charms to add on if you like. The pricing will be as follows:

$3 - pendant (includes design of your choice and glass cover)
$6 - 30" gold or silver chain
$1 - charms
$5 - bracelet cuff

Make as many as you like and create your own custom look with the a-la-cart pieces.

Cash and Carry Clearance Sale

Purchase new and gently used stamp sets, paper packets, Workshop Kits, embellishments, ribbon, adhesive, home décor items, albums, ink pads, blocks, and MUCH more at special clearance prices!

Contact me if you have any questions, would like more information, or if you plan to join us. Did I mention that everyone who attends will receive a free Seasonal Expressions Mini Idea Book? You won’t want to miss this fun event!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Artfully Sent Christmas Card

I just can’t get enough of the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection. I made this super quick and easy Christmas card by re-sizing the card on page 48 of the Artfully Sent booklet to 4¼" x 5½" in Design Space. It distorted the images just a tiny bit, but it’s not noticeable. You can also cut it at 5" x 7" with no distortion at all.

I just LOVE the delicate die-cut on the front of the card. I decided to make it as simple as possible, so all I did was adhere a piece of Glacier cardstock on the inside, stamp a few snowflakes in Glacier ink, add a few Sparkles, and stamp a sentiment and I was done! My Explore machine actually did all of the hard work. 

The snowflakes and the sentiment on the outside of the card are from the Snowhaven Workshop on the Go Kit. The Warm Wishes sentiment on the inside is from the Best Christmas stamp set. I stamped it with Whisper ink to stand out from the snowflakes a bit.

To get the sparkle on the top of the card to line up with the star on top of the tree on the outside, I closed the card and made a small pencil dot in the center of the star. Then I opened the card and stamped the small snowflake using the pencil dot as a guide. I closed the card again and added the sparkle which was exactly in the center of the snowflake.

I think this is one of my favorite Artfully Sent cards so far and it was probably the one that took the least amount of time to make. Love the faster, simpler, easier cards on this cartridge!

Would you like to make this card? Stay tuned for information on my Christmas Card buffet that will be held on Saturday, November 22nd... or order your own Artfully Sent Cricut Collection.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Artfully Sent Birthday Cards with link to DS File

I found a card on the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge that I really liked but wanted to change it up a bit. I was able to bring the card from the Artfully Sent booklet on page 30 into Design Space (the program that is used with the Cricut Explore machine) and remove the cutout of the words “over the hill.” I did this by clicking “detach” and then “contour.” I then clicked on each of the letters and the card base itself to remove them. Then I made a new card front with a rectangle shape and sized it to 4¼" x 5½" and moved the cake shape on top. I then clicked the “slice” option. Here is a link to the file if you’d like to use it to make your own card.

In the open space where “over the hill” used to be, I stamped “Happy Birthday” from the Build-a-Cake stamp set. I was able to maneuver the sentiment stamp on my clear block to make it bend enough so that it fit perfectly in the open space on the card.

I created a masculine version and a feminine version of the card by simply using different colors/papers behind the cake cut-out. The masculine card uses papers from the Seaside Collection while the feminine card uses papers from the Brushed Collection.

I adhered the papers along with some Chocolate cardstock for the cake plate and Canary cardstock for the candle flames behind the cutout cake. Then I adhered the entire piece to a card base so that you can’t see the (messy) paper piecing on the back. Stay tuned for even more fun masculine and feminine cards from the Artfully Sent Cartridge.

Click here or on the icon below to order the supplies I used on these cards and/or other Close to my Heart products.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November Creative Club - PML Christmas Card Kit

November’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, November 20th at 7pm. This month we will be making 30 quick and simple Christmas cards using the Pear & Partridge Picture My Life Kit.

The project kit is $40 and includes all of the following: 
Additional products needed to complete this project:
Ink Pads: Cranberry, New England Ivy (these are optional)
Adhesive of your choice
3-D Foam Tape

You will learn how to make 30 cards: (18) 5"x 7" cards (2 each of 9 designs) and (12) 4¼" x 5½" cards (3 each of 4 designs.) You will also have an additional 92 Picture My Life cards leftover to use as you wish. You can make more cards, make them into mini albums, use them on home decor projects, or use the leftovers as Christmas tags on your gifts.

Here are just a few close-ups of some of the card designs...

Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than November 7th if you would like to join us for the class. 

Kits ordered before 11/7 will be mailed by 11/22.
Kits ordered after 11/7 will be mailed within 2 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 PayPal “Add to Cart” buttons below. Be sure to use the drop down menu to choose your kit options. If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please choose the shipped option. $8 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)

Picture My Life Christmas Card Kit (local)
Local Pick Up

Picture My Life Christmas Card Kit (shipped)
Shipped ($8 will be added for shipping for U.S. addresses only)

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

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Promotions

November Stamp of the Month

Ever noticed how big of an impact the little actions have? It really is the small things joined together that get the biggest results. So it is with the November Stamp of the Month called It’s the Little Things. The petals, leaves, and all the tiny trimmings of the set come together to make blossoming beauty fir for any project. If you’d like to get this powerful bunch of blooms for yourself, make sure to get it this month. This set is just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more in Close to my Heart products throughout the month of November. Spend a little, save a lot!

With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-size Stamp of the Month set for just $5.00! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Spend:  $50.00  No purchase required
You pay only:  $5.00    $17.95 (full retail) 

Set of 15
Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006)

Click here to order your November Stamp of the Month.

Lucky 5

Celebrate Studio J’s 5th anniversary with 5 lucky ways to win!

November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J, and that means it’s your lucky month. Take advantage of five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close to my Heart social media by creating and ordering your Studio J print layouts at the outstanding price of just $5—then hope for luck to visit! Every fifth print order in Studio J will include one FREE accessory retailing $5 or more. But that’s not all! Five lucky winners will receive a “golden ticket” redeemable for a brand new D-ring album* loaded with 10 Memory Protectors hidden in their Studio J print orders! If luck is not your lot, then you can earn your prize through raw talent. Those who post photos or JPEGs of their newly printed layouts on Facebook or Instagram, marked with the hashtag #ctmhlucky5, will enter the contest for layouts featuring the best artistry and creativity. Five winners will be chosen from each site, notified after November 30, and will then receive their own D-ring album with 10 Memory protectors. The luck is abounding—come and get your fill!

* Offer valid November 1–30, 2014. Pattern and color of new D-ring album to be given to winners will be at Close To My Heart’s discretion based upon availability. No tax or shipping will be charged on the free item(s). Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold 4 to 50 two-page layouts. For additional information about shipping/handling, please visit > Products and Pricing > Shipping Options.

Click below to start creating your Studio J layouts now.