Monday, August 26, 2013

For Always Purse with Base and Bling Accents

Yesterday I posted a video on how to make Close to my Heart’s new Base and Bling Fabric Necklace. Today, I want to show you another way that you can use the fun Base and Bling Jewels and Accents.

I created this purse using CTMH’s Artiste Cricut Cartridge. I brought the purse image on page 41 of the Artiste booklet into Cricut Craftroom and made it as large as I could on a 12" x 24" mat. Then I cut the image twice (flipping it around the 2nd time) out of two pieces of patterned paper from the For Always Collection. I overlapped the base of the purse and adhered it with some Bonding Memories Glue. Then I scored and folded it as shown in the assembly booklet that is included with the Artiste Cartridge. (It is the perfect size to hold some matching handmade cards and envelopes.)

I embellished the purse with some Teal Base and Bling Jewels, part of the Necklace Base, a couple of the metal Base and Bling Word Accents, some Base and Bling Floral Accents, and the straight pins from the Black Mini Medley Accents.

As you can see, the Base and Bling line is not just for jewelry. It can be used on all of your papercrafting projects. I’d love to see what you make with the Base and Bling products. Feel free to post a link to your projects in the comments below. *Ü*

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Base and Bling Fabric Necklace Video

I have had lots of questions about Close to my Heart’s Base and Bling Fabric Necklace Kit, so I thought I would make a video to help answer some of your questions. (My video was originally 15 minutes long and I had to cut out 5 minutes so that YouTube would allow me to upload it, so if you still have questions after you watch the video, feel free to email me or post your questions here and I will be happy to answer them.)

One of the great things about CTMH’s new Base and Bling line is that you can purchase different color Bling Gems and different patterned textiles, along with the Necklace Base separately so you can make more necklaces in different colors and styles!

Let me know if you have any questions. Have fun making your Fabric Necklace! *Ü*

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"Live. Love. Laugh." Frosted Card

Here’s another card made using Close to my Heart’s new Frosted papers. It is a very simple card, but if you know me, you know I like “simple.” I created a 3-1/2" x 8" card base using the pretty Frosted Turquoise cardstock that is only available in the Frosted paper packet.

I stamped a piece of Colonial White cardstock with a sentiment from the Love Life stamp set in Cashmere ink. The swirly leaf pattern from the Love This stamp set was stamped in Twilight ink. (I added a few Bitty Sparkles because everything is better with a little bling. lol)

I wrapped a piece of Color Ready Seam Binding around the edge of the stamped and matted panel and tied it in a bow. The panel was adhered to the card base with some 3-D Foam Tape. After sponging the edges, I added a small self-adhesive felt flower from the Frosted Assortment to finish off the card.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Frosted Joy Card

One of my favorite new Collections from the Close to my Heart 2013 Autumn/Winter catalog is called Frosted. I love the colors and patterns used in the Paper Packet. This card is one of the projects that I recently created with the new Frosted Collection. I made the base of the 5" x 7" card from some Kraft cardstock

The torn notebook paper was cut from a piece of Colonial White cardstock using the image on page 42 of the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge booklet. I stamped the lines using one of the stamp sets that comes with the Artbooking Cricut Collection. The sentiment is from the Laughing Lola Card Workshop on the Go Kit. The stamp says “You can never have too much Happy,” but I masked the word “Happy” and added the die cut word “joy” instead. (You can’t really have too much “HAPPY” or “JOY!” Right? LOL!)

The “joy” was cut from a piece of Kraft cardstock also using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge (page 74 in the booklet.)

I layered the different sized Frosted My Stickease snowflakes by first sprinkling some baby powder on the backs to remove the adhesive. Then I sponged some Cashmere ink on the edges. I added some 3-D Foam Tape to the back of each snowflake and layered them on top of each other. I placed a Sparkle in the center of each one to add a little “bling.”

I finished off the card by creating different sized banner shapes with the various papers in the Paper Packet and adding a Sparkle Flourish on top.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hostess Rewards Just Got Even Better!

Close to my Heart’s Hostess Rewards just got even better! Now as a Hostess you can use your hostess rewards to get some ADORABLE stamp sets that are only available through January 2014 and only available to Hostesses. Host a Home Gathering or Online Party (or just order a minimum of $150 worth of products) and you can earn Hostess credit that can be used to get a number of great items including some exclusive stamp sets.

Watch this video to see one of these adorable stamp sets in action and learn how to get your own.

Contact me to schedule your Home Gathering, set up an Online Party, or to place your $150+ order so you can get a set of these adorable stamps of your own.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Base & Bling Memo Board

I wanted to share another project that I created using Close to my Heart’s new Base & Bling Collection. You may think that the products in this line can only be used to make jewelry, but think again. I found another fun use them.

I found a great picture frame at Hobby Lobby and took the glass out of the three photo sections. Then I added a piece of cork, a white board, and a magnetic sheet to each of the open sections.

I created some fun flowers using the new Sparkle & Shine Textiles and some new Ruby Chevron Ribbon. I added some bling to the flower centers using the new Black and Teal Jewels.

I created some pushpins and magnets to use on the board using some of the larger Jewels and some of the new beautiful Floral Accents. I simply adhered a magnet or flat pin to the back of each flower. The floral magnets and pins not only help me keep my notes and photos attached to the board, but they also serve as a pretty accent. I also have a dry erase marker that I use on the middle section.

To finish off the board, I added a large piece of Ruby Chevron Ribbon to the back so I can hang it on my wall.

I hope this gives you some more ideas on how to use our fun new Base & Bling line for projects other than jewelry. What are you going to make first with your new Base & Bling goodies?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

New CTMH Autumn/Winter Idea Book and Free Stamp of the Month!!

It’s here! It’s here! The brand new 2013Autumn/Winter Idea Book goes live today. It is filled to the brim with wonderful new products and lots of great project inspiration. You can view the book online here. If you would like your own copy, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to send one out to you. All I ask is that you pay $5 for the shipping, but I will also include a $5 gift certificate for you to use on your next order.

There are so many fabulous new products, that I can’t mention them all in this post, but I will share with you some of my favorites.

There are 6 new Paper Collections, 8 new Workshops on the Go Kits, 2 new project kits, lots of fun My Creations alterable items, beautiful new textile fabrics, a SUPER FUN new My Crush Collection, great new Base & Bling Collection, tons of fabulous new stamp sets, and MORE!

A few of my absolute favorite products are:

My Crush Collection

Design Décor products

Make It From Your Heart Volume 2


 and of course the new Artbooking Cricut Collection

A few more of my new favs are:

Polar Pal Card Kit

Stitch Guide and Foam Mat

New Sponge Dauber and Mini Ink Foam Inserts

What are your favorite new products???

Can it get any better than that? Oh yes! With a new month comes a new Stamp of the Month and August’s SOTM is SOOOOO cute! It’s called A Chocolate Affair and, get this, you can get it for FREE!

August is an especially sweet time to shop—when you place an order of $50 or more during August, you’ll receive the August Stamp of the Month set, A Chocolate Affair (S1308A), FREE!* This D-size stamp set with a retail value of $17.95 includes 16 images and sentiments that will have your friends salivating over your chocolatey layouts and cards. Make every project a treat with this must-have set.

*No additional tax will be applied for the free stamp set. Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the stamp set ($17.95). Offer valid August 1-31, 2013.

Click on the photo below to visit my shopping site to browse all of the great new products!