Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sew it ~ Stamp it!

I wanted to share a little gift I purchased and made for my sister. She plays with fabrics, while I play with paper. I dream of us combining our talents and running a business of our own one day! She has made me and my kids phenomenal quilts and duvet covers. When she completes her hand made works of art she always puts her signature, the date, and a sentiment on the back corner.

One of my daily emails from Pick Your Plum featured some cool block stamps that could be personalized. I loved the little sewing machine and knew it would be perfect for her. She can use the stamp directly on the fabrics or can even stamp it on card stock if she wanted to attach a tag to her craft sale items.

I could never just give her the stamp in the plastic bag it came in! I broke it in by inking it up and stamping it on one of Close To My Heart's linen drawstring bags. I used olive ink which is one of her favorite colors. Now she has a great little bag to keep her stamp in and can easily be found in her craft room when she is ready to use it! {BTW~her sewing room is always waaaay cleaner than my scrapbooking room}

The finishing touch was a chevron pattern stamped on the bottom of the bag and some ribbon just to make it fancy! The ribbon was created by spritzing some Heidi Swapp Color Shine on some color-ready ribbon. I loved the combination of gold and chartreuse, I think it would have been too plain if I only did green. Plus its a little bit sparkly now!!

I gave my sister her little gift last weekend and she was really surprised! I can't wait to see what she uses it on!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's here! It's here! Cricut® Artfully Sent

The Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge is now available to purchase! Click on the video below to learn all about the newest cartridge!

See a sample page of the cards and images you can create on this new cartridge~

The collection includes~
1 - Cartridge (700 images: Cards, Envelopes, and Fonts)
3 - My Acrylix D-sized stamp sets
1 - 12" x 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack
Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 1" x 1" (Y1000), 1" x 3 ½" (Y1002), 3" x 3" (Y1006), 2" x 3½" (Y1009)

Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats to make over 400 different cards! Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, swing cards and pocket cards; perfect for Picture My Life scrapbooking. 

You can order the new Artfully Sent collection through me personally or by clicking on the picture below.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Halloween Treat Bags

My upcoming class will be featuring the Cut Above Halloween Treat Bags. An entire kit with everything you need {except the candy!} to create 10 super cute Halloween bags. They are ultra easy to assemble. You can find these bags and a Christmas/Holiday version in the new Annual Inspirations book page 159. {Z2058 $14.95}

The bags in the kit are adorable just as they come, however for this class I will show you how to dress them up a bit using some stamping, Cricut cut rosettes and glitter paper!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Bow on Your Skull!

Playing along with Freshly Made Sketches today, I used some older products I found while cleaning my Scrapbook room! I thought these were cute papers from Imaginisce and put my daughter to work assembling the sticker chipboard pieces. In a promise to her that I would really use them after all her hard work, I created this card. The sketch at FMS was nice and simple and allowed me to keep the card simple as well. The background paper had plenty of detail so I decided to leave the title piece simple with little embellishment. I just added a skull girl with a bow and a trick-or-treat sentiment!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sweet Surprise Cards

I recently did a big clean up and re-organized my scrapbook room. Once I get it all done I feel much better and am able to create again. I love finding older items I forgot I had....some of you know what I mean! I hate that I've forgotten about such wonderful products and want to put them to use rather than let them continue to be forgotten. I can only guess that this happens, because we are thrilled to see and use the new items!!

So I decided to use the older chipboard pieces from the My Originals Sweet Surprises Card Kit. This was a kit that included treat cups to fill with candy and supplied you with everything you needed to complete 3D cards with a box style envelope. Because they are such a thick card when completed I decided to use them as a gift card that I would personally hand to the recipient. Therefore, I made a to/from tag to wrap around the envelope.

For the new product, I chose some Fundamental Papers from the Whimsy and Adventure Assortment! I love these papers, they are certainly one of my favorite new items and was just the touch of pizzaz I needed for these sweet cards!

Here are all 4 cards~

 Here are each of the cards with the decorated envelope and tag~

lastly, just the tags~

The Sweet Surprises Card Kit is no longer available, but the Paper Fundamentals are. I would suggest getting them in every color, they are simply stunning! Shop online here.

Monday, September 1, 2014

30 Years of Happy & SOTM

A new month means fabulous promotions and specials! Especially considering that this month is National Stamping Month!

September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of our on-going celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!
Contact me for more details.
*Offer valid September 1–30, 2014. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($13.95 USD / $15.25 CAD).

 You can also celebrate with the Stamp of the Month!

See the Current Specials tab for more information!


Monday, August 25, 2014

What a Hoot, Halloween Layout

It's almost the end of the month, which means that the Stamp of the Month will only be available for a few more days! I've used the What a Hoot stamp for Halloween cards and also some cards that can be used for any occasion. The owls are a nice large image so I wanted to use them on a layout.

I used the new Scaredy Cat papers and some cuts from my Artbooking Cricut cartridge. It is a nice clean layout that allows for just a few photo's to be the focus and of course those darling owls!

This has been a really fun stamp to play with all month. Be sure to check out my Pinterest page for more ideas and be sure to order before the deadline of August 3st!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Base & Bling Ideas

Base & Bling was first introduced in the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book. Close To My Heart has continued the Base & Bling fashion line and has added many more fabulous products to this collection. You can click on the Idea Book link in the right hand column or click here to see them all, but I would like to show you a few I created for my Open House.

This first item is just a necklace. I actually wore it to work today, which is what reminded me that I never posted about it!! It is fairly basic and does not require to many extra's, but I think that it still looks stunning and believe that some projects should just be easy and quick!

Your Base & Bling creations don't only have to be necklaces! I purchased a pack of these rings very inexpensively and made this key ring. No more boring keys!!

Finally, I'd like to share the new oval cuff. Simply add a style sheet image of your choice and adhere an oval glass cover. This is a stunning addition to your jewelry collection as is or you can fancy it up with charms and ribbon.

Whether you choose a necklace, key ring or bracelet; any Base & Bling creation will be "Awesome"!

If you are interested in coming to a Base & Bling Buffet let me know! You can explore the wonderful products this collection has to offer and create an entire project or two while hanging out! Not a bad way to get a head start on Christmas gifts either!! Contact me for more information!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Picture My Life Workshop

I held my Picture My Life workshop this past Saturday. As you can see from the photo above I gave a sampling of different projects that can be created using any of these collections. The ladies enjoyed the workshop, had the freedom to create their own pages and were inspired by the ideas I shared. They had several more ideas to contribute by the end of the class. Here are a few ideas I showed them.

I started by showing the basic idea of the Picture My Life collections. I had a few sample pages using the new Pear & Partridge cards. I also had some pages from my own personal scrapbook in the Surf's Up collection. They were able to see pages with photo's and lots of my own journaling. These pages also had a few added embellishments and stamping on them so they could see how to incorporate more products and our amazing My Acrylix stamp sets.

To add even more interest and possibility to the page, I showed the ladies how you can add an accordion folded section of cardstock that can be unfolded and pulled out for more pictures or journaling. 

How about using the cards in your home decor! They can easily be added to the designer decor frame with little wooden clothespins. I like this idea, because you can change up your decor with the latest events in your family!

Mini albums are a quick and easy way to showcase pictures from a recent celebration or event, rather than a 12x12 scrapbook page. You can use the cards in a Kraft binder mini album like I did in this post of my son's graduation book or you can actually create a mini album with the cards and some Washi tape. For this mini book I used the Later Sk8r PML collection and some various Washi tape to bind them all together.

Finally, I showed them how easily the PML cards can be added to a standard greeting card. You can use them alone with just some papers or dress it up further with some stamping and embellishing. Here is one of the boxed card samples I showed them in the Laughing Lola papers. I also demonstrated this using the Pear & Partridge collection, but gave both the sample cards away before taking a picture of them! {oops!}

I think the only way I did not show the PML collection was in our Base & Bling jewelry, but I bet we can create that too! Don't forget about the special this month where you can purchase additional protector sheets for only $3 when you order one of the Picture My Life collections. See all the details in the right hand column or shop online here.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

If the broom fits...

...Ride it! This new Halloween stamp set is so sweet and funny too! I played with some fussy cutting and coloring with the new Shinhan markers to make it just how I imagined in my mind. I wanted trendy with a little bit of a vintage feel. I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches as my starting point. I decided to emboss the background paper in chevron to add some interest.  The ribbon I used is also a new item. It is a soft, black striped twill ribbon, I love it!

Here is the sketch~

Halloween Greetings D1605~

Chevron Embossing Folder~

Black Striped Twill Ribbon~

Thank you for stopping by! If you would like to recreate this card, you can find all the products online here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Let Me Introduce You

Have you met the new colors of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book? There are 5 new colors and they can be found in the Whimsy collection. To introduce you to the new colors I have created mini 3x3 cards using the ink color, cardstock color and the fundamental papers which feature the color in a fun pattern.

Thistle~ This is a vibrant, fun purple. It is perfect for Halloween and similar to the purple in the Laughing Lola papers.

Glacier~ An icy blue color, not too light and just a hint of grey.

Flaxen~ This color is a little bit of a mustard and hay mixture. It is the golden color found in the Laughing Lola paper.

 Canary~ What a cheerful yellow! I was a little bummed when they were discontinuing the creme brulee, because it was my go-to yellow color. However, I'm happy with the change as this is a brighter and more vibrant yellow!

Pixie~ I don't think there could be a cuter name for a bashful pink color! It's much more pink than Blush and so girlie. 

I wrapped up all the new fun colors in this cute, decorated cello bag. One lucky guest at my workshop this Saturday will get to take them all home. Not only will they have adorable cards, but now they will have swatches of the new colors to see in person!

I used the Have a Happy Day stamp set to decorate all the cards and the bag. It is also a brand new item in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book. It has some great sentiments and cute images, making it a versatile stamp set. It was definitely one of the first stamp sets on my list! You can get this new stamp, the new ink & cardstock colors and fundamental papers on my website or can be ordered through me.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Picture My Life Workshop

This Saturday I will be hosting a Picture My Life Workshop. I will be showcasing some of the new collections and projects that can be completed with these wonderful new products. The ladies will be creating their very own pages in the class and then I will be showing them other possibilities like making cards, using them for home decor and creating mini albums!

Have you seen the collections in the new book? You can see all the current items here on the Picture My Life tab. If you love this style of scrapbooking you don't want to miss this month's special.

During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD / $27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD & CAD)! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3, you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure. You’ll be able to preserve double the memories in half the time! Check out our 5 new Picture My Life scrapbooking programs in the new idea book, or choose from the 8 existing programs. There’s a theme for every season of life—find yours!

 *Offer valid August 1–31, 2014, while supplies last.