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.

Friday, September 2, 2016

September Project Kit - School Days Album


It’s that time of year again! The kids are back in school and we scrapbookers scramble to take our “first day of school” photos. If you are like me, you have lots of school photos waiting for a scrapbook page to be created. How would you like to have your child’s entire school days album done and ready for those photos? You are in luck because this month we will be creating (13) double page spreads ready for your Kindergarten - 12th grade photos! A special thank you to Dana Kessler who designed this album.

Watch this video to see samples of some completed pages in addition to some pages without photos. You will also be able to see how the Pocket Plus Memory Protectors work.


This month’s local class will be held on Thursday, September 22nd at 7pm. (If you’d like to order a kit to be mailed to you instead, see the shipping option below.)

Basic School Days Kit - $88 includes the following:

Optional Add-On Supplies:

You will create (13) 12" x 12" double page layouts including Kindergarten - 12th grade. Each spread will also include a Pocket Plus Design 4 Memory Protector so that you can add more photos and memorabilia.  Here are a few samples of completed layouts...







Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than September 9th if you would like to join us for the class. 
Kits ordered by September 9th will be mailed by September 24th.
Kits ordered after September 9th, 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. $10 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)

School Days Scrapbook Kit - Local Pick Up - $88

School Days Scrapbook Kit - Shipped
$88 ($10 will be added for shipping)

Add On:
Use this drop down menu to add items whether you are ordering a local kit or having it shipped.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

National Stamping Month and September Promotions

Happy September! Did you know that September is National Stamping Month? It is also the release of our brand new Holiday Expressions catalog! I am excited to share all kinds of great things to help celebrate both of these fun events with you today, including:

A brand new Holiday Expressions Catalog
A brand new Create Kindness Promotion
A brand new Stamp of the Month

New Holiday Expressions Book



Our new Holiday Expressions catalog is available TODAY and it is jam packed with tons of great new products. You can view it online here or get your own free copy by placing an order on my website. (Just be sure to add the free catalog at checkout.)

You may notice that this catalog is a bit larger than previous Seasonal Expressions. This is because it contains more fabulous products than ever before! Be sure to check out the 4 new themed paper collections along with their coordinating stamp sets and accessories.

A few of my favorite new products include:

Create Kindness Promotion



Introducing the limited-time Create Kindness card kit! Celebrate National Stamping Month this September with hand stamped cards designed to help create a little more kindness in the world. The Create Kindness card kit contains all of the supplies needed to create 24 beautiful, handmade cards that you can use to brighten someone’s day! 


Thanks to the pre-printed card bases, these cards come together in no time, leaving you more time to do something thoughtful for someone! Watch the hashtag #createkindness on Instagram and Facebook to see what acts of kindness these little cards are inspiring, and join the conversation by posting some pictures of your own! 

Watch this great video to see how you can create kindness too...




Click here to order your Create Kindness Card Kit and/or the cards and stamps separately.

* Offer valid September 1 – September 30 while supplies last. Shipping/handling rates are based on full retail price of discounted items. 


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 19
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 2" × 3½" (Y1009)

Stamp images outlined in red coordinate with the Cricut® Artbooking collection.

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

Friday, August 26, 2016

New Colors and Best Birthday Ever Card

Close to my Heart’s new colors are here AND they are available in the newly designed ink pad style! You are going to love these new ink pads! They are bigger, easier to open, and of course the new colors are beautiful!

In this video, I show a comparison of the new ink pads with the old ones.



I created a simple card with the new colors using the card on page 36 of the new catalog as inspiration. I love the new Wise Guy Birthday stamp set. Did you know that this set is also available in Spanish and French?


I used all of the new colors including Raspberry, Blossom, Tangerine, Lemon, WillowEmerald, and Pansy. The only new color I didn’t use is our “color of the year” Sea Glass. The only reason I didn't use it is because I didn’t have the pad yet when I made the card. LOL. It is scheduled to arrive tomorrow and I can’t wait to make some cards with it!


So what do you think? Do you like the new ink pad design?
I definitely give it a “Two Thumbs Up!”

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Watercolor and Thin Cuts Cards


One of my favorite new products in the new Close to my Heart catalog are the new Thin Cuts word dies! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!! I created two cards using the new set which includes both the word “hello” and the word “thanks,” appropriately called Hello & Thanks.

 

To create the cards, I added some water to a piece of 4" x 5¼" watercolor paper with my large watercolor brush. Then I dripped some watercolor paints in various colors onto the water and let the color spread. Once the paint dried. I actually ironed the cardstock with a regular iron to flatten it out. (I put a piece of printer paper on top to protect it while I ironed the paper.)


I cut the words “thanks” and “hello” from some black cardstock using the new Thin Cuts metal dies and my Cuttlebug. I adhered the die cut words to the center of the watercolored paper and stamped a small sentiment under each one with my Black Memento ink pad. The “for your kindness” sentiment came from the Finding the Words stamp set. The “sending smiles” sentiment came from one of the stamp sets that comes with the new Flower Market Cricut Collection


I matted them both to a piece of 4¼" x 5½" black cardstock and then again to a white card base. They were lots of fun and easy to make. If you plan to make some, I would suggest creating a bunch of watercolor cardstock pieces all at the same time and then setting them aside so that they will be ready when you want to make more cards later. Once you start watercoloring, you won’t want to stop. LOL!

Monday, August 1, 2016

August Project Kit - Flower Market Boxed Stationery Set


This month’s project kit is a boxed stationery set using the new Flower Market Cricut Collection and the new Uptown Fundamentals Paper Collection! The final project includes 6-3/4" x 6-3/4" box with inside dividers, (6) cards and envelopes, (6) gift tags, and (1) Pen. (I am in LOVE with the new Cricut Collection and knew that I had to create this month’s project kit with it. I hope you enjoy this kit as much as I did creating it!)

This month’s local class will be held on Thursday, August 18th at 7pm. (If you’d like to order a kit to be mailed to you instead, see the shipping option below.)

Flower Market Boxed Stationery Kit - $38
  • 10 yards White Twine 
  • (1) pack of Bitty Sparkles
  • (6) White Daisy Card Bases and Envelopes
  • (1) R.S.V.P. Pen
  • Pre-cut and pre-stamped Cricut shapes for all images including box using Uptown Fundamentals paper and 11 different Cardstock Colors. (Cricut images are from Flower Market cartridge. Box is my own design.)
  • Step-by-step instruction and cutting guide
Additional supplies needed to complete the project:
  • Ink Pads: Black, Raspberry (or Pomegranate), Goldrush, Fern, Canary
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Markers: Black, Cherry Pink
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Contents of the box you will create.


Everything fits perfectly inside of the box because of the dividers. Even the pen, which has gold polka dot foil vellum on the inside, has it’s own little cubby.


Once the box is filled and closed, it makes a perfect gift!


Isn’t this flower sweet?
It is just one of the many 3-D flowers on the new Flower Market Cricut cartridge.


You will create (6) cards, (2) each of (3) designs.



It is hard to see in the photo, but the jar is made of striped vellum.



I am loving the gold foil on this paper and the layered sunflowers!



You will create (6) tags, (2) each of (3) designs.




Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than August 5th if you would like to join us for the class. 

Kits ordered by August 4th will be mailed by August 20th.
Kits ordered after August 4th, 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. $7 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)

Flower Market Stationery Kit - Local
$38



Flower Market Stationery Kit - Shipped
$38 ($7 will be added for shipping)
To find out more about my monthly “no-commitment” Creative Club, click here
You do not need to be local to participate. *Ü*