Monday, March 9, 2015

March Stamp of the Month - Monogrammed Card


The March Stamp of the Month called Choose Happy is such a fun set. I love the whimsical frames, borders, and sentiments. I created this card by stamping one of the frames on a piece of scrap cardstock in Black ink and then coloring it in with the following ShinHan Touch Twin Markers - Pastel Green, Leaf Green, Carmine, and Cerulean Blue Light. I cut out the shape and adhered it to the center of a white card base with Thin 3-D Foam Tape.


The letter “L” was cut from a piece of Cranberry cardstock using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and adhered it to the center of the frame with more Thin 3-D Foam Tape. (I love this stuff. It pops the images up just enough to give them some dimension without making the card too bulky.)

I then stamped the bottom of the card base with the cute scallop border and colored it in with the Pastel Green and Carmine markers. To finish it off, I trimmed around the scallops with my Micro-Tip Scissors.



This was a fun and easy card to make. Wouldn’t it be great to make a bunch of these and turn them into a card set to give as a gift? I think I know what I’ll be making for Teacher Appreciation Day this year! Did you know that you can get this great stamp set for just $5 with a $50 purchase? Otherwise you can order the set at full price for $17.95. Click here or on the link below to order yours today.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Project Kit - Artfully Sent Birthday Cards


This month’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, March 19th at 7pm and the project is a fun one! I have had many requests for a class that focuses on the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge and I am happy to oblige. This month we will be making birthday cards using the festive Confetti Wishes Collection and the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. You will earn how to use lots of the different functions on the cartridge including the swing card, pop-up card, pocket card, sentiment card, and sleeve card functions.


The kit is $25 and includes the following:

Order additional kits without the stamp set for just $15 more!

Additional supplies needed:

We will use the sentiment card key to make this cute die-cut cupcake card.



The “sleeve key” will help us make this mini card that is the perfect size to hold a gift card.



 My favorite card in the kit is this one where we will use a pocket card on the front and...



 ...there will be a special pop-up surprise on the inside!



Ok, so maybe this is my favorite card. I don’t know. I just love them all. You will learn how to make a swing card that opens up in a fun, unique way. 




The last one uses some of the left over Confetti Wishes Compliments to make a quick and easy birthday card.



On of the best things about this kit is that it comes with a stamp set called “Belated Birthday.” I don’t know about you, but I am great at making cards, but not so great at sending them. I was thrilled when Close to my Heart came out with a stamp set just for me! Now I can add a cute “belated” wish to any of my cards that I forgot to send out on time. If you have no problems with forgetting birthdays like I do, then you will be happy to know that there are a couple of regular birthday wishes in the set as well.
 


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

Kits ordered before 3/7 will be mailed by 3/21.
Kits ordered after 3/7 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 “Add to Cart” buttons below. Be sure to use the drop down menu to choose your kit quantities. If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please chose the shipped option. $5 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)


Artfully Sent Confetti Wishes Card Kit - local
Use this option if you will be attending the class or picking up your kit(s).

Artfully Sent Confetti Wishes Card Kit - shipped
Use this option if you would like your kit(s) shipped to you.
$5 will be added for shipping.


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

March Promotions

Recruiting on a Roll
Get a FREE Shoulder Tote and the opportunity to earn 
a FREE Rolling Tote when you join my team in March!


If you have ever thought about signing up with CTMH to build a business or even to simply take advantage of the great discount for yourself, March is definitely the time to do it! In addition to all of the new goodies in the New Consultant Kit, you will also get a FREE Shoulder Tote worth $26.95! PLUS, if you have just $300 in orders within your first 40 days, you will also get a FREE Rolling Tote worth $149.95! That’s almost $550 worth of awesome Close to my Heart goodies for the price of the kit which is just $99! But it gets even better because if you take advantage of CTMH’s Straight to the Top Program and are able to get $1,200 in orders in your first 3 months, then CTMH will reimburse you the $99 for the kit AND I will give you a free Workshop on the Go Kit of your choice! That means you can get up to $575 in goodies for FREE!

Choose either the Scrapbooking or Card Making New Consultant Kit, each containing brand new products that are not even released yet and each worth over $355!



Did you know that Consultants can order new products a whole month early? The new Seasonal Expressions catalog will be going live on April 1st, but as a Consultant, you will be able to order out of it as soon as you sign up! (Just one of the many perks of being a Consultant.)

If you haven’t seen our new totes yet, be sure to watch this video. They are REALLY great quality and the Rolling Tote holds a ton of product, plus it folds flat for storage when you are not using it. (That’s a big plus for me.)


I would love to chat more with you about joining the Close to my Heart family.
Feel free to:
  • Contact me with any questions you might have.
  • Visit my New Consultant FAQ page here.
  • Read more about me and my team here.
  • Ready to sign up? Fill out the online application here


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March Stamp of the Month - Choose Happy
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 14
Recommended blocks:
1" x 1" (Y1000), 1" x 3½" (Y1002), 3" x3" (Y1006), 2" x 6½" (Y1010) 

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Heartstrings Layout


We took our annual family photos a couple months ago and as soon as I saw them, I knew that Close to my Heart’s Heartstrings Collection would be perfect to use with them on a scrapbook layout.





This sticker made a perfect title for my layout. I truly did love making these moments with my family!




I think this has to be my all time favorite photo ever! My sweet daughter is giving her Daddy some love. The look on my hubby’s face just warms my heart. Can you tell that she has him wrapped around her finger?


Click here or below to order the supplies to make your own Heartstrings layout. Be sure to order soon though, because this Collection will only be available through March 31, 2015.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Did someone say, "FREE Totes?"

Normally I announce upcoming promotions the day they go live (or a few days before), but I just found out about next month’s promotion and couldn’t wait to tell you! I believe that this is one of the best New Consultant promotions Close to my Heart has ever offered!


If you have ever thought about signing up with CTMH to build a business or even to simply take advantage of the great discount for yourself, March is definitely the time to do it! In addition to all of the new goodies in the New Consultant Kit, you will also get a FREE Shoulder Tote worth $26.95! PLUS, if you have just $300 in orders within your first 40 days, you will also get a FREE Rolling Tote worth $149.95! That’s almost $550 worth of awesome Close to my Heart goodies for the price of the kit which is just $99! But it gets even better because if you take advantage of CTMH’s Straight to the Top Program and are able to get $1,200 in orders in your first 3 months, then CTMH will reimburse you the $99 for the kit AND I will give you a free Workshop on the Go Kit of your choice! That means you can get up to $575 in goodies for FREE!

If you haven’t seen our new totes yet, be sure to watch this video. They are REALLY great quality and the Rolling Tote holds a ton of product, plus it folds flat for storage when you are not using it. (That’s a big plus for me.)


Feel free to visit my New Consultant FAQ page for more information on signing up and joining our Close to my Heart family. Stay tuned for more info as March gets closer...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Simply Inspired Blog Hop - Hostess Stamps


Welcome to this month’s Simply Inspired Blog Hop. If you arrived from Blythe Shupe’s blog, then you are on the right path. If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hop participants here. This month we are highlighting the special Hostess Stamps that you can earn if you host a Home Gathering or Online Gathering. (Hostesses get a few extra perks like free goodies and special Hostess-Only stamp sets like this one!)


I chose one of my favorite sentiment stamps from the Seasonal Expressions mini catalog. (This catalog is only good through the end of March, so if you like this stamp set, be sure to contact me to see how you can get it before time runs out.) This set is called Variety of Thanks. I love the script font used to created these thankful sentiments. I chose to use the simple “thanks” sentiment on my card.


To make my card, I used the Vine Embossing Folder to emboss the flower stems and leaves. I inserted the cardstck into the embossing folder at the bottom, ran it through my machine, and then flipped the cardstock around and slipped it back into the embossing folder and ran it through my machine again. This gave me a flat, blank spot in the middle where I stamped my sentiment.  (It’s a little hard to see the embossing in the photos.)


I cut some small flowers from a piece of patterned paper from the Lollydoodle Collection. I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and cut the flowers on page 50 of the booklet at ¾" and ½". I inked the edges with Chocolate ink and adhered them with some Thin 3-D Foam Tape. I added a small Brown Sparkle in the center of each one. I matted the entire piece to some Juniper cardstock and then adhered it to a White Card Base.

Thanks for stopping by. Now hop on over to the incredibly creative Pamela O’Conner’s blog to see her fabulous project.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Using Cricut Shapes to Card Your Yard


If you think the Cricut cartridges are just for making cards and scrapbook layouts, think again! This wonderful post by CTMH inspired my kids to do something similar with our CTMH Cricut cartridges. In addition to being Valentine’s Day, today is also my hubby’s birthday. My kiddos wanted to make him a very special card by “carding the yard.” LOL.






The kids did almost everything on their own, including cutting the images, coloring some the shapes, adding the popsicle sticks to the back, and putting them in the grass. They used the Art Philosophy cartridge for the letters and the hearts and the Artiste cartridge for the Valentine’s and Birthday sentiments that they adhered to some of the hearts.

My hubby was certainly surprised this morning and the kids were so excited to create this special message for him.

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day (and birthday if it’s your special day too!)