Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Promotions

Jump on it July
Get the July Stamp of the Month for FREE 
or any of the Hostess Sets for Just $5!

During the month of July, when you purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5! That is a savings of up to $17.95! The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things—big and small—that life has to offer. Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on! To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 of any current, retail priced stamps. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!

*Offer valid July 1, 2015 (9:00 am MDT)–July 31, 2015 (11:59 pm MDT). No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free or discounted item(s). 

Choose from these adorable stamp sets.
(Click on image to enlarge.)

Click here or on the image below to place your order.


July Stamp of the Month - Life Is Wonderful
Get this adorable stamp set for FREE!

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 $25, get it FREE!

Set of 8
Recommended Blocks:
2" x 2" (Y1003), 2" x 3½" (Y1009), 2" x 6½" (Y1010), 4" x 5" (Y1012)

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June Project Kit - Seaside Boxed Card Set

June’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, June 18th at 7pm. We will be creating a boxed card set using the Seaside papers and Happy to Be Friends stamp set.

The project kit is just $35 and includes all of the following: 
Additional products needed to complete this project:
3-D Foam Tape
Ink Pads: Chocolate, Desert Sand, Sorbet, Glacier, Flaxen
Spong Dauber
Blocks: 1" x 1" and 1" x 3½"
Artiste Cricut Cartridge (optional - Kit comes with all Cricut pieces pre-cut, but you will need the cartridge if you would like to make more in the future.)

Add additional kits without the stamp set for just $20 more!

You will make this adorable box and 2 each of 3 card designs (6 cards total) with coordinating envelopes to go inside. 

Card #1

Card #2

Card #3

You will also learn how to add flair to your envelopes by stamping the flaps on the outside.

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

Kits ordered before 6/8 will be mailed by 6/20.
Kits ordered after 6/8 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. $6 will be added for shipping. (Due to CTMH policy, I am unable to ship kits to non-U.S. addresses any longer. I apologize for the inconvenience.)

Seaside Card Set Pricing
1 kit with 1 stamp set - $35
2 kits with 1 stamp set - $55
3 kits with 1 stamp set - $75
4 kits with 1 stamp set - $95
5 kits with 1 stamp set - $115

July Kit - Seaside Card Set - Local pick up
July Kit - Seaside Card Set - Shipped
($6 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*

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Promotions

Summer Crush
Get a free coordinating stamp set with the purchase of a My Crush™ book and its accompanying accessories

During the month of June, when you purchase any My Crush™ book and its accompanying assortment pictured in the 2014-15 Annual Inspirations catalog, you will receive the coordinating stamp set for FREE! That is a savings of at least $9.95! Choose from five lovely My Crush book offerings that will provide a swoon-worthy background for your favorite memories. From family reunions to camping adventures to holiday countdowns—and much more—you will be crushing on all these books and the possibilities they provide. Every My Crush book also features perfect bases for your memory keeping. Additionally, each My Crush book also features unique details—from glossy print, to vellum pages, to gold foil, to ink-resist patterns—that make displaying your personality easier than ever. Plus, once you add the artistry of the coordinating assortments featuring sticker sheets, envelopes, alphabets, cards, and journaling spots, along with your free stamps et, you will be well on your way to your own gorgeous mini book creation! This offer is only available while supplies last and once they’re gone, these books will be gone for good, so get your order in early to get your summer romance rolling today!

Click here or on the image below to order your My Crush goodies.


May Stamp of the Month - Ice Cream Dream
Get this adorable stamp set for just $5!

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, add it to your cart for the promotional price of just $5.

Set of 7
Recommended Blocks:
2" x 2" (Y1003), 3" x 3" (Y1006), 2" x 6½" (Y1010), 4" x 5" (Y1012)

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

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Birthday Cards

I am grateful to be able to celebrate another year of blessings today! Today is my 45th birthday and I can truly say that I am surrounded by some amazing family and friends who have made this day extra special for me. I would love to share a couple of beautiful cards that I recently received.

The first card is from Jeanette, Monica, and Brian at the Close to my Heart Corporate Office. CTMH has been such a huge part of my life over the past 10 years and I am so thankful for all of the wonderful friends that I have made along the way, including those who work at the Corporate Office! Thanks for making my day CTMH!

The next card is from a sweet, sweet gal who I also met though CTMH. Alyson Mayo has one of the biggest hearts I know. Thank you Alyson for sending me this beautiful card!

Aren’t these Cricut cut butterflies gorgeous? They just make me smile! Alyson told me that she included them on the card because butterflies signify friendship. Thanks for being my friend Alyson! xoxo

And a great big THANK YOU to all of you who follow my blog! You make my day every day! *Ü*

Friday, May 29, 2015

Goodie Boxes Up For Grabs!

Just like most devoted crafters, I have waaay too many crafting supplies! I decided to go through my stash, box up lots of great goodies, and offer them to you at a HUGE (can you say 80%) discount! Most of the items are brand new, however I did include a few used stamp sets in each box.

I have 10 medium sized Flat Rate boxes filled to the brim with all kinds of crafting “goodness.” Each box contains approximately $400 retail value worth of Close to my Heart products. (Some retired and some current products are included.) While each box contains different items, the boxes contain a variety of the following: between 10-20 stamp sets, paper packets, Workshop on the Go kits, bulk paper, Designer Creations, Stickease/Compliments, paper flowers, ink pads, rub-ons, ribbon, markers, card kits, textile fabric, accessory assortments, and tons more!

PLUS, 3 of the boxes include a “golden ticket” that can be redeemed for a free spot in one of my classes or a free project kit of your choice up to $30 value!! Will your box contain one of the Golden Tickets???

While each box contains different items, they all have approximately $400 in retail value worth of Close to my Heart goodies. I am selling the boxes for just $75 (local pick up) or $85 (shipped) each! You may purchase as many boxes as you like, however I only have 10 up for grabs. They will go to the first 10 people who contact me and send me paypal payment. Once they are gone, I will post here on my blog and on my CTMH Facebook page.

I am looking forward to all of these wonderful goodies finding a new home where they will be well loved! *Ü*

Price is only valid for U.S. shipping addresses. If you are not in the U.S., feel free to contact me for actual shipping cost.

ETA: All boxes have been sold. Thanks everyone.
I hope you enjoy your new goodies!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bokeh Butterfly Card

With the Bokeh technique being all the rage right now, I couldn’t wait to try it myself. Instead of using the standard watercolor or sponged ink techniques I have seen used to create the background, I used Close to my Heart’s mini pigment ink pads. It was really fun. I started out by smudging some Crystal Blue Pigment Ink directly onto a piece of cardstock. Then I added a little Glacier, Juniper, and Lagoon ink. I used my finger to blend the colors together. It was really fun! It created a creamy, smooth background. I let it sit for a little bit and then hit it quickly with my Craft Heater.

Then I punched a bunch of different sized holes in a piece of vellum with some circle punches to use as a stencil. I laid the vellum stencil on top of the blue background and used White Pigment Ink with a Sponge Dauber to create the different sized circles which created the fun Bokeh pattern. (Make sure to overlap some of the circles, use various sized circles, and make some of the circles a little darker than others.)

Because the pigment ink is not easy to stamp on and when you stamp your sentiment first and then cover the stamped image with pigment ink, it looks faded, I decided to cut my sentiment from a piece of Cocoa cardstock. I used the Carolyna Pro Black font and created the “hello” sentiment in Design Space and then cut it with my Explore machine. I adhered it to the bottom with Bonding Memories Glue.

Then I stamped the adorable butterfly from the Hostess stamp set called Paper Bird onto a piece of vellum with Brown StazOn ink. I cut it out, bent up the wings, and adhered it to the cardstock by adding adhesive just to the body of the butterfly. I poked some holes in the cardstock with my Piercing Tool to create the trail. To finish it off, I adhered the entire piece to a Cocoa cardstock base.

Isn’t the Paper Bird stamp set cute? You can get it for just $8 with your hostess rewards when you host a qualifying CTMH Gathering either online, in person, or by contacting me with with a $150 order. With $150 order, you will earn $25 in Hostess Rewards (free goodies!) Contact me if you have any questions.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Taste of Summer Layout and Cards with FREE Cutting Guide

Have you seen Close to my Heart’s Taste of Summer Paper Packet and coordinating stamp set yet? It is a fun and “juicy” collection that is only available during the month of May. You can purchase the paper packet for just $8.95 and the stamp set for $17.95. And, if you order both of them from my website anytime during the month of May, I will send you a cutting guide to make the layout below and (10) cards (5 each of 2 designs) absolutely FREE! If you already ordered them earlier this month, I will be emailing you the guide shortly.

The juicy ink colors used in these projects are Topiary, Sunset, Canary, Chocolate, and Thistle. I also used a little White Shimmer Trim and some 3-D Foam Tape. If you have an Explore machine, you can use the Design Space file that I created here to cut the title and bracket shapes. (The font is from the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection.)

The cutting guide will show you how to cut enough pieces to make 10 cards (5 each of the 2 designs below.)

The paper packet includes 12 double-sided papers.

The stamp set coordinates with the Artiste Cricut Collection.

Click here or on the image below to place your order. I will email you the cutting guide within 24 hours after placing the order.

If you have an Explore machine, you can use the Design Space file that I created here to cut the title and bracket shapes. 
(The font is from the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection.)