Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hello September!

So many crafter's have been waiting for this day! September marks the beginning of the brand new 2015-16 Annual Inspirations Idea Book. Close To My Heart has also released the Holiday Expessions mini book where you can find all sorts of inspiration for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! You will have plenty of time to prepare for the upcoming Holidays, but pace yourself with all the amazing new products featured in the annual catalog!



I have books available or you can view it online by clicking the image on the right side bar.

As if all the new books & products weren't enough....It's also National Stamping Month!


September is National Stamping Month, and this year Close To My Heart has something to help every kind of papercrafter say a big “hello” to life! 

Available only during the month of September, these exclusive C-size My Acrylix® Hello, Life! stamp sets can be purchased for $13.95 USD / $16.50 CAD each! 

Or, for an even better deal, you can purchase all three for only $34.95 USD / 41.50 CAD—a savings of $6.90 USD / $8 CAD! 

Each stamp set is designed to fit with a specific type of papercrafting, whether that’s scrapbooking, cardmaking, or pocket scrapbooking. However, all the stamp sets coordinate with each other and can be used together to create dynamic artwork. 

These stamp sets also coordinate with shapes from the new Cricut® Artistry collection to help expand your artwork options even further. Remember, these stamp sets are available for one month only, so get your orders in for one stamp set—or all three—before these gorgeous stamps disappear! 

Make certain to follow Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram, and Facebook page for artwork inspiration featuring these lively stamp sets all month long. You can post your own artwork to your social media channels using the hashtag #ctmhHelloLife.

Dates: Offer valid September 1, 2015 (9:00 am MDT)–September 30, 2015 (11:59 pm MDT).




Finally, what's a new month without a gorgeous stamp set at a discounted price. You can find all the Stamp of the Month stamp sets in the back of the Holiday Expressions Idea Book. (no longer contained in the Annual Inspirations book) Paper Garden will make your creativity bloom! Find more details on the Current Specials tab at the top or shop online here.


My Crate Card Club meets up again in just a few weeks and I also have a fun Halloween Layout class to share. September will be sensational, stay tuned for more artwork and inspiration!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Foxy Critters on Artistry

You saw the cat and dog images I cut from the Artistry cartridge the other day. Besides just family pets, you can also find some of those cute critters from the wild. Like this adorable fox I'm sharing with you today using the sketch on Freshly Made Sketches. The tree stump is also cut from this cartridge and goes perfectly with Mr. Foxy!



The Artistry collection is available now to order. In just a few days you will be able to order all the new products in the 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations Book! Don't miss out on the deals ending this month though and those items retiring from the 2014-2015 Annual Book & Seasonal Expressions.

I'll see you on the first with all new items and specials!! ;)


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cute Critters On Artistry

I was having some fun with the images I could cut from the new Artistry cartridge. I love the animals that are on the cartridge like the hedgehog and fox, but I wanted to start out with some pets. These simple cat & dog images should be called Best 'Furr'iends!


I have to mention that the "Best friends" label is also cut from the Artistry cartridge and is stamped with one of the MyAcrylix stamp sets that comes with the collection. I dry embossed some paper for the background and used an older patterned paper to create a scene. With the cartridge doing most of the cutting, this card comes together quickly!

You can purchase the regular collection or digital edition today online!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 200th Celebration

Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating their 200th sketch! They are celebrating with a ton of inspiration on their blog. Not only has the Freshly Made Sketches Design Team offered gorgeous art, but so has several design team members from the sponsors of some amazing crafting companies!

The sketch is super clean this week and allows for all sorts of themes and ideas.



I pulled in some fabulous Zoe papers and a few little extras that you might not have seen yet?! I'll tell you all about these 'mystery' products soon! For now enjoy the fun friendship card with lots of patterns and pretty colors!



Please visit the FMS blog for more inspiration. You can see more Zoe products online here.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Up, Up and Away

Time to get your Balloon Wishes (D1667) stamp set for FREE is running out! You can purchase the Marker Roll-Up this month and receive this stamp set for $0. I tried coloring in the balloon with a few different color combinations, but I finally decided that the blue, green and yellow colors were my favorite. I used the Shin Han Markers to color it it in. I mounted the finished balloon on some water colored paper and some vibrant yellow and lagoon cardstocks. I simply added the sentiment on the bottom with some sparkly green triangles.




What a lovely card and it was so relaxing to just sit and color the balloon. Wonder what colors I'll do next!??


Get this deal before its gone! Shop here for more details.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Artistry Typewriter

The newest Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge is available now. Do you own the Artistry collection yet? This is the collection that is available two different ways. You can purchase in the usual way receiving a cartridge with book, stamps and cardstock. Or you can purchase the new digital edition for those Cricut Explore & Explore Air users. I chose the digital collection myself, which was extremely easy to upload and start cutting right away in Design Space.


I tried out all sorts of new cuts from shapes, layers, banners, borders and icons. One of my favorite cuts was this little typewriter. I loved all the layers and that I could add a sentiment to the paper coming out of the roller! I decided to add my finished typewriter to a card. I have already returned to the classroom, so "back to school" was my theme!


I wanted the typewriter to appear as if it were sitting in front of a chalk board. I used some older Chalk it Up papers for the black board and stamped a sentiment with white daisy ink. There is a little bit of shimmery purple fundamentals paper underneath. Finally, I had to add the little coffee cup as it is essential morning fuel!


I will be making many more cards with these fun cuts from the Artistry cartridge, so visit my Blog again soon. You can purchase your own cartridge here!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Zoe in Studio J

You can find some new Zoe paper collections in Studio J. I took advantage of the Studio J Flash Sale a couple weeks ago and just couldn't resist one of the new Zoe Express Collections. Using this digital program is very easy, affordable and the prints are beautiful.


Here is what the collection looks like when you are in Studio J. You select the layout you want, upload and arrange where you want your photo's and add some journaling.


Not only do you receive the beautiful printed layout in the mail, but you can also download a JPG file which is what I'm sharing here with you.


I was able to capture the memories from our recent summer travels. I typically scrapbook the "old fashioned" way with papers, lots of thick embellishments and stamping, however when I have several pictures from a vacation, scrapbooking digitally just makes it so much easier!

Log onto my website and click on Studio J. You will need to create an account first, then you are ready to click and drop! The Zoe collection will only be available until September 30th!

Thank you for stopping by!






Monday, August 10, 2015

"It's like a marker burrito!"

I received my Marker Roll-Up just before the weekend. With the deal this month I also received the Balloon Wishes My Acrylix stamp set for FREE! I haven't had the chance to play with the stamp set yet, but I was able to fill up the marker roll-up and get organized.


Here is how I stored my markers previously. They are in reach easily as they sit in this 3-tiered wire rack. Cute as cupcakes, just as this rack is truly intended, it looks a little messy still!


I unwrapped & unsnapped the roll-up and laid it flat. Look how cute that heart button closure is! Plus, there is a loop inside of the flap so it can be hung vertically.


Then, I loaded it up with the markers I have. The elastic openings hold the markers perfectly and the entire product is made very well. It doesn't hurt that the colors match my scrapbook room too!


Finally, I rolled it up and snapped it shut. Now placed on the same wire rack it looks tidy and neat.


I love seeing all the colors when looking into the end, "It's like a marker burrito!", YUM!!


You can get the Marker Roll-Up deal this month or the Accessory Roll-Up which comes with two brand new Base & Bling style sheets, Affirmations and Lovely Blooms, FREE!







Please visit my website for more information or to order!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Ice Cream Dream Complete Layout

You're probably thinking... "Why is she posting about the Ice Cream Dream stamp set, that was two months ago?!" Maybe you can think of it as a little Flashback Friday!! {tee-hee} Plus, I would hope that it still inspires you by the use of papers, the color combination, using some new and old stamp sets or simply the template (sketch) of the pages.

You will recall that I created a 12x12 page using the adorable Ice Cream stamp set in June. You can see the original post here. I had a couple ideas of possible pictures that I could place on it. I thought maybe we could visit our local ice cream shop this summer or perhaps there would be a chance to visit a favorite stop with my nieces in Lake Tahoe. I was so excited to get to do the second choice! The 45 minute wait in line at Camp Richardson is worth the memories!!

Now I had a main photo for the original page I created, but I couldn't leave out the individual pictures I took of my kids and my 2 beautiful nieces. So, I created a companion page. This page was so easy to put together and was inspired by a layout in the newest Idea Book coming in September!




I loved using the different blocks of paper and photo's to fill this page. If there was not a photo in a square then I used it to build clusters of stamped images and embellishments. This was inspired by the layout I saw in the new book as I mentioned earlier. The stamp set they used however is not brand new, in fact you may already have it in your stash. It's called Documenting Moments and is a super functional stamp set.


 Here are a few close-ups of the clusters in individual squares.


This cute camera is from the new stamp set found in the Zoe Workshop on the Go available now!


 This layout just makes me happy! I hope it inspires you to do some crafting today!!

You can find the products I mentioned in this post online here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Birthday Bash with Zoe and Mojo Monday

Hello, Happy Hump~Day!! Today I'm having a Birthday Bash with the new Zoe papers and complements. It's for the challenge this week on Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog! The papers are so colorful and fun, they are perfect to use for a Birthday celebration. I am also using the sketch from Mojo Monday this week to guide my creation.



I did two versions using the different papers from the packet. You can see how one is a little more masculine and the second can I feel is very versatile for anyone!


I love the triangle paper, triangle embellishments and that coral shimmer tape is so cool!


The circular star on this card came directly from the Zoe Complements sticker sheet. Don't you just love the glitter in these triangles!

All of the products I used are available to order now!
 

Be sure to check out Mojo Monday for other ideas using this sketch. Also, stop by Heart 2 Heart Challenges to join in on the Birthday Bash!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Zoe WOTG Layout

The layout I'm sharing with you today is from the WOTG (Workshop on the Go) Kit. The kit contains the wonderful papers, a fun D-size stamp set, the Zoe assortment, Coral shimmer trim and an instructional brochure. It is everything you need to complete 2 layouts and still have leftovers for other projects.


I made the layout as instructed in the brochure, but as always I changed a few elements here and there! I also used a few pieces from the Zoe Complements, sold separately from the kit. All of these items are available for purchase now.




Purchase the new Zoe collection online here. If you are interested in doing the Workshop as a class let me know, I would love to show you how easy it is!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

All New in August!

The 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations Idea Book will be released to customers on September 1st. However, there are a few goodies that are available starting today! These amazing products should keep you busy until you can order from the new book! Take a look~

As anticipated with a new Idea Book, there is a new Cricut collection called Artistry.


The newest Cricut collection, Artistry, includes shapes spanning a wide variety of themes for holidays and seasons. Get back to basics with the unique font, banners, layered shapes, borders, backgrounds, and other fun icons you'll find on this cartridge.

The collection includes:
1 cartridge with 700 images
3 My Acrylix D-size Stamp Sets and
1 Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack

{The Enchantment cardstocks are all reworked, you will receive the newly added colors to this combo pack!}

The cost for the collection is $99.

It is also available in a digital collection for the first time! You will receive the same products, minus the physical cartridge. Instead you will be able to access the images with an online code. This option is for Cricut Explore and Cricut Explore Air users only. Cost is only $79!

(See all the images on this cartridge in the Cricut Collections link at the top of this Blog.)


 A brand new paper collection will also be available to you starting today! Please welcome...

ZOE


Zoe is one of those paper collections that can lend itself to so many occasions and themes. It has a calm and quiet color palette of canary, glacier, slate, sorbet, sweet leaf, whisper and white daisy. You will be able to order not only the papers, but the complements, assortment, enamel and glitter duos green triangles and coral shimmer trim. All of these coordinate so well with the papers. You can also order the Workshop on the Go Kit.

Please go online to see all the lovely products available, including the Studio J collection for those digital scrapbookers. Order online today!


Close To My Heart has added some new organization products as well. These Roll-Up's compliment the other organization products perfectly!


The Marker Roll-Up and Accessory Roll-Up will be available to purchase August 1st. Not only can you get these awesome products early, but you will receive a couple of "freebies" with your purchase!



With the purchase of the Accessory Roll-Up you will receive two new Base & Bling style sheets Free! The accessory roll-up contains 16 clear plastic pockets with zippers to hold Base & Bling products, embellishments, or accessories. Rolls up and secures with snap closure. Includes hanging loop for easy vertical storage.


With the purchase of the Marker Roll-Up you will receive the Balloon Wishes My Acrylix D-size stamp set Free! This is an ideal stamp set to use your ShinHan Touch Twin Markers. The organizer holds up to 25 markers with interior elastic loops. Rolls up and secures with snap closure or can be hung vertically when unrolled. 

Last, but not least, CTMH has a Stamp of the Month at a discounted price of just $5.




Framed, is the August Stamp of the Month and will be available August 1-31, 2016. You can receive it for just $5 with a qualifying order. This is a great stamp to "frame" a variety of sentiments! From Mother and Father's day sentiments to wishing someone a Happy Birthday or simply send best wishes.





So many great products to choose from this month! You will have plenty to keep you busy crafting and preserving those memories!