Friday, October 13, 2017

Die Cut Camouflage Christmas Card

I am taking a great online class right now called “Merry Making” offered by onlinecardclasses.com. Yesterday’s class was all about die cuts which is what inspired this card. 


I started with a piece of patterned paper from Close to my Heart’s Silver & Gold Collection. I distressed the paper by sponging some Glacier, Juniper, and Lagoon ink on it first. I also stamped some “splats” using the Splash of Color stamp set. Then I stamped some snowflakes and swirls from the stamp that comes with the Merriest Wishes Card Kit in Pebble and Heather ink. Finally I heat embossed some stars from the First Noel stamp set and the edges of the paper with Silver Embossing Powder. (You can see what the original paper looked like, before I distressed it, in the background of my photos.)  


After creating the background paper, I used the Thin Cuts Block Alphabet dies to cut the word “JOY” from the paper. I also cut the letters 3 more times from a piece of white cardstock. I layered the white cardstock letters on top of each other to create a thick chipboard look. Then I adhered the patterned paper letters on top. After matting the patterned paper to the card base, I adhered the faux chipboard letters in the openings which created the “camouflage” effect.

I die cut a white cardstock banner shape using the medium banner from the Thin Cuts Basic Banners set, then embossed the sentiment from the First Noel stamp set with Silver Embossing Powder. I also embossed a thin strip of white cardstock with the word Christmas from the same stamp set and trimmed it so it looks like it’s tucked in under the letter “Y.” I added a few Bitty Sparkles to the tiny stars to finish off the card.


I love that the card looks so different depending on the angle. The dimension from the die cut “camouflage” letters is so much fun!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Happy National Card Making Day


Happy National Card Making Day! I thought I would share a fun card today that I made using a combination of two card kits. The overall design was inspired by the Kind Thoughts card making kit. I also used the Circle Thin Cuts and the stamps from the Happy Day card making kit.

I embossed the Bashful cardstock with the Rose Embossing Folder and added a flower and leaves that I stamped using the Beautiful You stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts dies. The Scallop Border Thin Cuts die was used to make the black cardstock strip.


It’s always fun to mix and match kits and products. 
Have a Happy Day!

Friday, October 6, 2017

October Project Kit - Boxed Christmas Card Kit


This month’s project kit is one of my new favorites. We will be making a set of 8 Christmas cards along with an interactive box to hold them.

This month’s local class will be on Thursday, October 26th at 7pm. If you are not local or unable to attend and would like to order a kit to be shipped directly to you, select the shipping option below. Basic kit is $30 or $40 with the Thin Cuts bundle. ($6 will be added for shipping.)

Christmas Card Boxed Card Kit - $30 or $40 with the Thin Cuts Dies
All pre-cut kits will include the following:
Add on the Thin Cuts Metal Dies for just $10 more. (You will need a die cutting machine such as a Cuttlebug or Big Shot to use the dies.)

Additional kits with no stamp set or dies are just $16.

Your kit includes the sweet Silver and Gold—Cardmaking  stamp set. (See below.)



Add the Thin Cuts Dies for just $10 extra. (see below.)


Extra supplies needed to complete the project: 

Each kit makes an interactive box with 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs.)

Watch the video below to see the project in action.



The box holds all of the cards and envelopes.



When the box is first opened, you will see Christmas card list on the inside flap. This is where you can list your recipients’ names and addresses. There is also a column for you to check off each person after you have sent them their card.



When you lift up the Christmas List flap, you will have a place to insert your cards. You can even have the front flap of one of the cards hanging over if you like to make it more decorative as seen in the photo below.


Once you take the cards out, you are left with a cute empty box that you can use again next year.


Below are the cards that you will make in this kit.
The first card has a fun diagonal front flap that looks great hanging over the inside of the box base.



This card has a die cut center that gives the card some dimension.



This card uses a slightly different version of the latest Eclipse technique to create a raised sentiment with a red shadow peeking through. 



This is the most simple of the cards, but it is my favorite. It has a cutout section in the middle like the second card, but it is much more clean and simple with the gold foil snowflake border.



Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than October 11th if you would like to join us for the local class. All kits need to be paid for in advance. Thank you for your understanding.

Kits ordered by October 11th will be mailed by October 28th.
Kits ordered after October 11thwill be mailed within two weeks.

To order a kit(s), you may either send me cash or 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.)

Boxed Christmas Card Kit - local
Basic Kit - $30
Basic Kit + Thin Cuts Bundle $40
Use drop down menu below to choose your options
 

Boxed Christmas Card Kit - shipped
Basic Kit - $30
Basic Kit + Thin Cuts Bundle $40
$6 will be added for shipping 
Use drop down menu below to choose your options


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

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Promotions

Happy October everyone! I am excited to share this month’s fabulous promotions with you!

Share a Smile




With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart is donating $7 of the proceeds to Operation Smile™. And, for this month only and while supplies last, you can get a coordinating set of Thin Cuts for cutting out the adorable animal shapes. Even better, we’ve built an exclusive card kit that includes the Thin Cuts along with card bases, envelopes, paper pieces, and instructions that you can use to create endearing cards that will sure enough bring a smile to anyone’s day!


1 – Thin Cuts—Punny Pals (set of 13) 
32 – 3" x 3" white card bases 
32 – 3" x 3" white envelopes 
10 – cardstock sheets (Bashful, Eggplant, Glacier, Lagoon, New England Ivy, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Thistle, White Daisy, Gold Glitter) 
Cutting guide and assembly instructions 
Retail Value: $48.69 
Discounted Price: $39.95 

32 – 3" x 3" white card bases 
32 – 3" x 3" white envelopes 
$9.95 

13 metal dies; coordinates with My Acrylix® 
$28.95

Punny Pals stamp set (D1751) Stamp set sold separately. 
$17.95

For Hostess: Hosting a Close To My Heart event is even more rewarding in October! When you host a party that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher (submitting your party order no later than November 5, 2017), you’ll receive a FREE Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342) — that’s a $48.69 value, totally free! Contact me to schedule an in-home or online party.

For New Consultants: Anyone who becomes a Close To My Heart Consultant in October will receive a FREE Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342) in their New Consultant Kit — that’s a $48.69 value, totally free! Visit my New Consultant FAQ page for more information on joining my team.

Round-up Matching: Every time you place an order, you can round your order up to the nearest dollar, giving the extra as a donation to Operation Smile™. During October, your round-up donation will go even further, because Close To My Heart will be matching all round-up donations, up to $10,000 USD!

Lucky Winners: When you participate in our Share a Smile promotion by purchasing any of these special items or rounding up your order in support of Operation Smile™ you will automatically qualify for a chance to win a not-yet-released stamp set from our upcoming 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book! We’ll be choosing winners throughout the month of October, so any time you place an order, you can be a winner!


Click here to see all of the Share a Smile Options.


* Close To My Heart will match round-up donations made in October up to $10,000 USD. Offer available October 1–October 31, 2017 while supplies last. Shipping and handling assessed on retail value.

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October Stamp of the Month — Christmas Tunes





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:
2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009), 4" × 5" (Y1012)

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



*Stamp of the Month is only available October 1– 31, 2017.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Important Announcement for Cricut Users


Provo Craft (the makers of Cricut) has recently made the decision to discontinue production of physical Cricut® cartridges. CTMH has been able to secure enough inventory of the most recent "You Are Here" collection to last us through the duration of our Annual Inspirations 2017–2018 idea book, but effective immediately, all CTMH Cricut® Collections that include a physical cartridge are available while supplies last.

Here is a portion of the announcement from the CTMH Home Office:
"Though we have made every effort to preserve this product offering for as long as possible, we have known that eventually physical cartridges would be phased out in favor of the digital business model, and have been taking steps to make the transition easier. We introduced digital-only collections as a way to encourage our customer base to make the switch; we have also introduced a Cricut® Explore Air 2 hostess bundle as an incentive for Consultants and customers alike to upgrade their Cricut® machines. Recently, we even started to include image numbers in our artwork recipes to make it easier to locate images in Design Space.
Tutorial videos are in the works that will help our Consultants and customers learn more about how to use Design Space and the newer Cricut® machines. We understand it can be challenging to learn a new system, but we also recognize the benefits that come from using the newer machines, including greater control over the creative process and increased flexibility in working Cricut® shapes into your artwork. Though we are sorry to see our physical cartridges go, we are excited about the possibilities available with our digital collections."

If you have an older Expressions machine and have been wanting any of the current CTMH (physical) cartridges, I would order them soon because they are only available while supplies last. Any future Cricut collections that CTMH comes out with will be digital only. On a personal note, I have been using the Explore machine since it first came out and I can honestly say that I prefer it over the older Expressions machine. It is much easier and cuts so much better. If you have any questions about this announcement or about how to use the Explore machine, feel free to ask. I will be happy to help.

Here is a link to the current CTMH cartridges (both physical and digital) that are still available.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Quick and Simple Birthday Card


Looking for a quick and simple masculine birthday card? This card only took a couple minutes to make. I adhered a piece of 4" x 5-1/4" patterned paper from the Cats & Bats Collection to a white card base. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Eat Cake & Celebrate stamp set was stamped onto a piece of 3" x 4-1/4" White Daisy cardstock in Black ink. I matted the White Daisy cardstock onto a piece of Gold Foil Paper with some Thin 3-D Foam Tape and then adhered it to the card. I finished it off with a few retired Gold Sequins. Easy peasy!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Floral Birthday Card


One of my favorite stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations catalog is called Many Congratulations. I used the different flowers in the set to create a simple bouquet for my card. I started out by stamping the small tied ribbon image on my cardstock in Black Memento ink. (I like using Memento ink when I color the images with markers or watercolors because the ink doesn't bleed.) Then I stamped the same ribbon image again onto a Post-It note and cut it out so that I could use it as a mask. Once I cut it out, I placed it directly on top of the stamped image on my cardstock. This way when I stamped the separate flowers, the stems would look like they were behind the ribbon when I peeled off the mask. 


I stamped the sentiment using the Happy Birthday stamp. This stamp is actually curved a bit to coordinate with the banners that come with the Golden Moments Cut Above Card kit, but I straightened out the stamp on my block so that it would work better on the card. Gotta love the versatility of CTMH's My Acrylix stamps! I colored in the flowers with some ShinHan alcohol markers and then added a bit of sparkle to them with the Clear Shimmer Brush. It's a little hard to see in the photo, but the flowers really have a beautiful shimmer to them.

I can see myself using this stamp set quite a bit. I may even stamp a bunch of these same cards and leave the sentiment off. That way all I need to do is add a sentiment when I need to send a quick last minute card. *Ü*

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Falling for You Scrapbooking Layouts - September Project Kit


This month’s project kit is the Falling for You Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way Kit with optional add-on cards. We will be creating (3) 12" x 12" double page layouts with optional pocket pages to add more photos! You can even add-on the coordinating stamp set and Thin Cuts to make (9) fall-themed cards.

The local class will be held on Thursday, September 21st at 7pm. Or if you are not local, you can order your kit to be shipped to you using the “shipped” option below.

Basic kit to make (3) layouts and pocket pages is $30 and includes:


Add on Memory Protector pocket pages of your choice to add more photos to your layouts. There are 4 sizes to choose from.

Add on the following to create (3) each of (3) card designs:

Stamp only - $14


Stamp/Thin Cuts Bundle - $28

Other supplies needed to create cards:

 Create these (3) 12" x 12" double page scrapbook pages.




Add-on Memory Protector Pocket Pages of your choice (4 sizes to choose from) to add more photos to your layouts.


Add on the coordinating stamp set and Thin Cuts to make 9 cards (3 each of 3 designs.)


Kits ordered by September 8th will be mailed by September 23rd.
Kits ordered after Septembr 8th, will be mailed within two weeks.

To order a kit(s), you may either send me cash or 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.)


Falling for You Basic Scrapbooking Kit - local
$30

Falling for You Basic Scrapbooking Kit - shipped
$30 (plus $6 will be added for shipping)

Falling for You Add On Options
 

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Promotions

It’s September 1st which means a brand new Holiday Expressions catalog, a special National Stamping Month promotion, AND a new Stamp of the Month!

New Holiday Expressions Catalog



Our new Holiday Expressions catalog is available TODAY and it is jam packed with tons of great new holiday themed products. You can view it online here or order your own copy here or get a free copy with an online order. Here are a few fun projects made using some of the new products...





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National Stamping Month—From the Heart Card Kit



Save 20% on this exclusive card kit! Celebrate National Stamping Month with the From the Heart card kit from Close To My Heart. This kit contains materials for creating 12 interactive cards, including foil-stamped card bases and an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set. The stamp set is designed to make it easy to create beautiful, rich stamped artwork using three layers of stamp images and thoughtful sentiments. The card kit also includes envelopes and step-by-step instructions and is available at a 20% discount off the retail price! Brighten someone’s day with a hand-stamped card From the Heart. 

From the Heart Card Kit (CC1229)
12 – foil-stamped card bases with accompanying die-cut pieces
12 – 5 ½" x 4 ¼" white envelopes
1 – My Acrylix® From the Heart stamp set (E-size)
Retail Value: $43.90
Discounted Price: $34.95

Buy additional card bases & envelopes to make even more cards:
From the Heart Card Bases & Envelopes (CC1227) $13.95

Buy the From the Heart stamp set separately:
From the Heart Stamp Set (CC1228) $29.95

Get the kit for FREE
For Hostesses: Hostesses that host a Gathering in September that reaches the third level of hostess Rewards or higher can get the From the Heart card kit (CC1229) as a FREE item! That’s a $43.90 retail value! Contact me to schedule an online Gathering or in-home Gathering.

For New Consultants: New Consultants who sign up during September will receive the From the Heart card kit (CC1229) FREE in their New Consultant Kit—an added value of $43.90! Visit my New Consultant FAQ page for more information.

* Offer available September 1–September 30, 2017 while supplies last. Shipping and handling assessed on retail value.


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September Stamp of the Month — Feel So Blessed





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 26
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 1" × 6½" (Y1005), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009)

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



*Stamp of the Month is only available September 1– 30, 2017.

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More (Lower Priced) Goody Boxes Up for Grabs



More lower priced goody boxes are up for grabs! I found even more goodies in my stash and boxed them up for you. Most of the items are brand new, however I did include some used stamp sets and partial paper packets in each box.

I have a few medium sized Flat Rate boxes filled to the brim with all kinds of crafting “goodness.” Each of the new boxes contains approximately $375 - $400 retail value worth of Close to my Heart products. While each box contains different items, the boxes contain a variety of the following: a minimum of 13 stamp sets, paper packets, bulk paper and cardstock, Stickers/Compliments, old style ink pads, rub-ons, card kits, mini albums, embellishment assortments, and tons more!

Even though each box contains different items, they all have at least $375 - $400 in retail value worth of Close to my Heart goodies. I am selling the boxes for just $75 (local pick up) each or $85 shipped! You may purchase as many boxes as you like, however I only have 6 up for grabs. They will go to the first 6 people who contact me and send me PayPal payment.

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 additional shipping cost.

Contact me if you would like a box and I will send you a PayPal invoice.