Thursday, August 21, 2014

Best Wishes Pathfinding Card

I love Close to my Heart’s mini stamps. They are only $2.99 and they are all super cute! I used two of them on this card including the Spring Banner stamp and the Timely Tidings stamp. I love that you can stamp any sentiment you like in the center of the Spring Banner image. I think I will make a few of these cards and leave the sentiment blank. Then when I need a last minute card, I can choose the appropriate sentiment, stamp it, and have a card ready to go in less than 2 minutes. (Perfect for a last minute person like me. lol)

I also used some other fun new products on the card including the Glacier patterned paper from the Pathfinding paper packet, the new Floral Embossing Folder, the scallop border punch, and some self-adhesive Gold Bling Gems.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chalk It Up - Back to School Layout

Many of you know that my daughter has struggled with anxiety over the past few months. (You can read more about it here.) I have been a little worried about school starting again because I had no idea how she would do. She has been in counseling all summer and we have been working hard to help her get ready for the new school year, and I am SO HAPPY to report that it went well and she loves her new teacher and her new class. Praise God!!! 

I knew that the new Chalk It Up Collection would be perfect to scrapbook the kid’s first day of school. I haven’t finished my son's layout yet, but I wanted to share my daughter's layout with you. We created this layout at Cindy Baker’s team meeting a few weeks ago. I didn’t add any embellishments to it at that time because I wanted to wait to see what kind of photos I would be putting on it first. (Thanks for the layout idea Cindy!)

One of the things I love most about the Chalk It Up Collection is this Dimensional Elements piece in the Chalk It Up Compliments pack that says, “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” I could not have found a more perfect sentiment if I had written it myself. I am so proud of my little girl for working to overcome her fears and being willing to try going to school again.

Here she is with her new teacher. You can tell the photos on the left were taken at the beginning of the day when she was still nervous. The photo with her new teacher was taken at the end of the day. Look at that big smile! She had a great first day and I am so proud of her. The best thing about scrapbooking this day is that my daughter can look back years from now and be encouraged by how she was able to tackle her anxiety successfully. 

All supplies used are from CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Chalk It Up
Stamps: All the Details, Chalk It Up WOTG, Glamour Lowercase Alphabet, Take Note (from Artbooking Cricut Collection)
Ink: Black, Flaxen, Sorbet
Other: Artbooking Cricut Collection, Chalk It Up Compliments, Journaling Pen, Black Striped Twill Ribbon

Monday, August 4, 2014

August Creative Club Project Kit - Paper Fundamentals Mini Card Set

August’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, August 21st at 7pm. We will be creating a sweet mini card set using the beautiful Paper Fundamentals Whimsy pack.

The project kit is just $25 and includes all of the following: 
NOTE: Four of the colors used in this kit are new colors. See info below for links to purchase the new ink pad colors.

Additional products needed to complete this project:
Adhesive of your choice
Ink Pads: Cocoa, Pixie, Sorbet, Canary, Sweet Leaf, Glacier, Thistle

Add additional kits without the stamp set for just $10 more!

You will make (6) 3" x 3" gift cards and matching envelopes and a cute drawstring muslin bag to store them. You can make this as a gift or make one for yourself so you will have some mini gift cards ready when you need them.

You will learn how to create 3-D butterflies for your cards and stamp the envelopes to match using the adorable Your Own Kind of Wonderful stamp set.

This kit has a rainbow of colors and lots of fun sentiments so you can customize your cards as you wish. Do you need six birthday cards? Do you need six “special day” cards? Maybe you would like a variety of cards like I made for my samples? The choice is yours.

Thank you for the great response.
Kits are now sold out.

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

Friday, August 1, 2014

CTMH's New Annual Inspirations is here!

I am so excited to finally be able to share with you Close to my Heart’s new Annual Inspirations Idea Book/Catalog! This is the most amazing collaboration of products, projects, and creative inspiration I have seen in a long time!

You can view and download your own copy here, you may order a copy on my website here, or you may order copy directly from me. If you order a copy directly from me or from my website, you will also receive a coupon for a free ink pad to use on your next order. (See info at the bottom of this post to see how you can get a copy for FREE!)

There are so many great things about this new Idea Book. The book will be good for a full year, so there are more great products and project ideas than ever! Plus, we will have two 40 page supplementals that will come out in December and April with even more goodies!

Below are some of my favorite new products...

Over 85 new Stamp Sets 

5 beautiful new Ink Colors

A FANTASTIC New Cricut Collection containing 400 Card Designs
(Artfully Sent Cricut Collection will be available in September.
Stayed turned for more details.)

Quick and Easy Cut Above Project Line
Create cards and gift bags in a snap with these precut, predesigned kits.

Scrapbook faster than ever with our new Picture My Life kits

Add some fun to your parties with the new Designer Creations Line

Create beautiful jewelry in a snap with
new additions to the Base & Bling Line 

Make your crafting easier with our new Tools like the new Score Board, Washi Tape Dispenser, Mini Stapler, Punches, and Embossing Folders

Our new ShinHan Touch Twin Markers will make coloring and blending more fun

This is only a sampling of all of the wonderful new products. Be sure to check out all of the new products in the Annual Inspirations book here. You can also see and order them on my website here.

If you would like to order your own Copy of the new Annual Inspirations you may do so by ordering it on my website here or by using the Paypal link below. Whether you order it from my website or directly form me, I will send you a coupon good for a free ink pad to use on your next order. Or, you can get a FREE copy sent to you by placing an order for $25 or more on my website!

Click on the image below to start shopping CTMH’s new products.

Click on the paypal link below to order your new Annual Inspirations Idea Book/Catalog for just $6. Make sure to indicate where you would like your catalog shipped. Your free ink pad coupon will be included with your new Idea Book. If you order the catalog from my website, your free ink pad coupon will be emailed to you.

Remember if you place an order on my website for just $25, I will mail you a FREE copy of the Annual Inspirations!

2014-2015 Annual Inspirations Idea Book
$6 includes shipping