Monday, July 27, 2015

Make Someone Smile

Purchase a T-shirt and literally make someone smile!

Close To My Heart is partnered with Operation Smile™, an organization that provides free, life-changing surgery that repairs smiles and reshapes lives, one child at a time. Since 2008, Close To My Heart has provided support to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families.

You can purchase these stylish, brand new t-shirts starting at $25 and wear it with pride, knowing that $10 of every shirt purchase is donated toward Operation Smile. These shirts are exclusive to Close To My Heart and represent the company’s mission to celebrate life and share what matters. Show your support for Operation Smile and order yours today. Your donation will help change the lives of children all over the world, one smile at a time!

Your business with Close To My Heart makes a big difference in the life of a child. You can also purchase the Happy Everything stamp set until the end of August!

You can place your order with me or online here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Life is Worth...

I love this new video from Close To My Heart. It truly reflects so many of the reasons that I chose this company as a customer at first, then as a consultant for the next 8 years.

Mission Statement: At Close To My Heart, we believe in capturing and preserving memories and helping you celebrate the relationships that matter most.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Life is an Adventure

So far I have shown you ways to use the Stamp of the Month on cards. Today I will show you how this stamp set can also be used on a layout.

I chose to use up some older Later Sk8r papers with some coordinating cardstocks. I kept the layout very simple and opposite of what I normally do, I left some white space in the center of the pages. I used the sentiments on both pages and also used that frame to spotlight a couple of the photographs on the right page. A glittery title and some really old metal hinges finishes the page.

Life is an adventure, be sure to record the memories!

Also remember that this month you can get the Life is Wonderful stamp set for free! Check the Current Specials tab at the top of this blog for more details!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Flash Sale on Studio J

Do you have an account full of Studio J® layouts waiting to be printed? How about a big photo order you keep meaning to make? Well, now is the time to log in to Studio J and order all your layouts and photos! From July 15, 2015, 9:00 am MDT to July 31, 2015, 5:00 pm MDT all layouts in Studio J are only $5.00!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Scrap Room Renovation Layout

I have been working in my newly renovated scrapbooking room for a couple of weeks now. I'm adjusting to the various changes, but can say that I really love having everything organized again. The wood floors make me so happy every time I walk into the room and I'm very conscious about caring for them. A great way to remember all the hard work that went into renovating this room (and keeping it nice) was to create a layout about the transformation!

I held nothing back in creating this layout. I made it a true reflection of what this space means to me and feels like. The colors and embellishments in the layout represent my new room. I used lots of bits and pieces that I rediscovered through the clean up process.

 When looking at the layout as a whole, your eye moves from left to right, starting with a before picture and moving through to the after photo. It also flows in a rainbow color scheme with pops of black & white, as do several areas of my scrapbook room. {ribbon, storage bins, Heidi Swapp color shine bottles, markers & inks}

{left page}

{right page}

I used one of the Heidi Swapp color shine templates, not as a template to spray mist, but literally the template! I added a color shine heart misted with sweet cherry and attached some ancient Basic Grey ribbons. A little FABulous stamped in black at the top from CTMH Happiness Lives Here, Design Decor Framed Art stamp set.

New and old patterned paper banners with some fun Washi tape.

More Washi tape used as labels and embellishments galore.

A cluster of stamps from an Operation Smile stamp set and Documenting Moments. More bright colors with a pop of black!

Here I used a Jillibean Soup "hello" photo frame, Heidi Swapp color shine "love" heart and a mix of papers and embellishments.

And finally, a Heidi Swapp color shine label card misted in teal and mint green with the date stamped in black. A zip strip with a great message and a few more buttons and twine finish this page.

Now I will always remember the love and hard work that went into creating the space, 
where I CREATE!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hostess Rewards, Tagged with Love and Savings

This month with a $25 purchase of any stamps at retail price, you can choose one of the Hostess Rewards stamps for only $5. This includes the stamps shown in both the Annual Inspirations book and the Seasonal Expressions 2 book.

Did you ever need a quick tag to attach to a gift bag or present? The Tagged with Love stamp set is just the cutie for the job! Found on page 4 of the Seasonal Expression 2 book, this stamp has 3 different tag shapes and 6 fun sentiments to go with them. You could only tag someone you love before if you were a Hostess, so don't pass up this deal!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Hostess Hexagons

If hexagons make you happy, do they make you double happy when they're only $5?

You can choose any Hostess Rewards stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying order this month. You might just choose the Happy Hexagons stamp on page 6 of the Annual Inspirations book. Normally only available to Hostesses, it can be yours to play with and create many happy projects!

See more details on July's special by clicking the current specials tab at the top.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Always Remember This Day

For some reason I found myself reaching for this month's Stamp of the Month for another wedding card. There is just something about it that really spoke to me.

I changed the stamp slightly by masking part of the phrase and replacing some other words. Instead of it saying "always remember something" I made it say, "always remember this day". I found the other words "this day" ironically on the Finding the Words stamp set (D1646).

I suppose that is my wish for the young couple getting married, because when I look back on my wedding day it seems to be such a blur!

Get the July Stamp of the Month for FREE with qualifying order. See the current specials tab for details.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hostess Rewards Stamp only $5 ~ Sweet!

Don't forget that this month only Close To My Heart is offering the Stamp of the Month for free with qualifying order. However, if that doesn't appeal to you there is another option!

Only in July you can get one of the Hostess Rewards stamps for just $5. Here is one of the options you may consider!

Sweet As Sugar is the first Hostess Reward featured in the Annual Inspirations book, page 5. Normally only Hostesses could purchase this stamp for $10 with a qualifying order. Now you can get this sweet stamp for just $5 with the purchase of $25 of any regular retail stamps.

This is the first Hostess Reward stamp I purchased myself. Those apothecary jars are adorable and not just great for candy. See my post here where I used them to hold some haunted Halloween skulls!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Celebrate America!

I hope you are enjoying a happy and safe celebration today!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Life is Wonderful Together

I made this card quite some time ago for my cousin who was getting married. My card was inspired by the colors and earthy feel of her invitation. I never remember to use that burlap ribbon more often, I just love it!

I used the big frame included on the stamp along with a couple phrases and the arrow. I hand cut the "wonderful" to make it pop off rather than blending with the surrounding frame.

Life is Wonderful, especially when you can get a stamp set for free. Don't forget about the monthly special, check out the current specials tab at the top.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jump on it July

As most of you know, Close To My Heart offers a stamp every month at a discounted price of $5 with a qualifying order. With no exceptions, they are offering a lovely, wonderful stamp set this month called Life is Wonderful! The twist however, is this month's stamp could be FREE!

When you place an order in July (1-31) for $25 of any current, retail priced stamps, you can get the Stamp of the Month for FREE.

Not interested in this month's stamp? With this special if you choose not to get the Stamp of the Month for free then you may select any one Hostess Rewards stamp set. Previously only offered to Hostesses, you can now choose one from either the Annual Inspirations book or the Seasonal Expressions 2 book for only $5!

What a great deal! Interested in more details or to order please see the "current specials" tab at the top!

Be sure to check back here all month long to see how I used the stamp of the month on my projects.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Time to Wake from The Ice Cream Dream

Sadly it is nearing the end of the month. I have had so much fun with this month's stamp Ice Cream Dream. I hope you were able to take advantage of this yummy stamp set and the My Crush special. We always have next month and there will be new awesome specials I can guarantee you of that!

Here is one last look at the Ice Cream Dream stamp of the month.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thinking of, Wonderful, Fabulous You!

I was having fun with some glitter, shimmer and shine when creating this card for Freshly Made Sketches! I discovered some little banner pieces from Me & My Big Ideas hiding in a drawer that I recently reorganized. {and redecorated, pictures below} I thought they would be fun colors to use on this card with some CTMH glitter papers and some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Teal. I originally wanted to do a stripe or zig zag pattern on the side papers, but since the banner already had a stripe I went with some Snowhaven Polka Dot paper instead. In person this card has much more shimmer, you'll just have to imagine it!!

In my recent scrap room renovation I decided to dress up a simple plastic organizer I had sitting in the room. With the drawers being see-through, well, you could see right through to the mess inside!! To make it blend in to the room decor I decided to make panels for the front to dress it up and block the view to the craziness contained inside.



What I did was cut some Heidi Swapp color shine scrapbook papers to fit just inside the drawer front. Then I sprayed the papers in a rainbow effect from top to bottom. Now it coordinates with other elements in the room and simply looks neater! Here is where it sits in the room at the end of my Ikea Expedit units.

Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to take a look at the other artwork on FMS using this sketch!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Silly Toontown Fun

Every Summer I take the time to get caught up on my own scrapbook. I started a few pages already from my daughter's Disneyland celebration, but I realized I missed a couple pics. These were such fun pictures we took in Toontown that they needed to be included in the album! Plus, I already had some Confetti Wishes paper still out from the cake card I posted yesterday.

Not only did I use up most of the Confetti Wishes paper, but I used all the MyStickease left on the sheet. It's a great feeling to use up all those materials and get the pages filled in my album!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Let Them Eat Cake!

The challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog is pretty sweet! The theme this week is "let them eat cake". A celebration just isn't complete without some cake and I think the Confetti Wishes paper collection and MyStickease is perfect for the occasion.

I included several different papers from the Confetti Wishes collection as well as pieces from the zip strip. I added some chipboard glitter letters and some fun embellishments. This card has lots of layers!!

Why stop at just a card! I also created a coordinating gift box and tag, because after you eat cake it's time to open presents.

The tag was from the sheet of MyStickease. I simply backed it with some Thistle cardstock, added some ribbon and a piece of zip strip. {the presents}

This cute little box can be found on the Artiste Cricut cartridge. I just added some cardstock and design paper to each side. I love how the lid just folds over the handle keeping your gift securely inside.

Finally, a few detail shots from the card. Check out the other sweet cake creations on H2H!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Chairs to You!

Today I'm sharing a card I designed for Freshly Made Sketches this week. It is a very clean and simple sketch that allows lots of space in the main frame. During my recent scrap room renovation and reorganization, I discovered several products that have not seen the light of day for some time. I told myself that I need to use it or let it go! So prepare yourself for an oldie!!

Chairs to You was one of those stamps that I loved, because of the humorous play on images and sentiments. It also contains a few heartfelt sentiments and the chair images can also have a warm home feeling. I brought in more recent stamps and current trends with the chevron ombre pattern. Now an old stamp feels brand new again!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

For You Dad!

It's almost Father's day! Time to treat Dad on his special day, whether he's a classic or more contemporary. My cards reflect the different personalities of the important men in my life.

I am also playing along with the Man Oh Man challenge on the Heart 2 Heart Blog. Hopefully these cards give you a couple different ideas!

This first card was inspired by the Make It from Your Heart Blog and the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. I used the Jackson papers and some canvas sticker letters I had on hand.

The front of the card is fairly simple and straight forward.

However, when you open it your greeted with a pop-up classic car! {vroom~vroom!}

To achieve the layers of the car you will want to cut it out on your Cricut 2-3 times in different colors. Then decide what colors you want to show where and do a little further cutting and piece it all together. I used a brad for the door handle and some bigger brass brads for the center of the wheels.

While on my Cricut Design Space I saw this free Dad's day card. It was very clean and modern, I couldn't resist trying it. The Cricut cuts everything out on the base card. I simply filled in the tie with some older LaterSk8r papers and backed the interior with some black cardstock. (these cuts are also included in the free download)

My final card is also found on the Artfully Sent cartridge. Just like the previous card, all the cuts are made on the base card. I used some more Jackson papers behind the deer and backed the inside with a chocolate brown. Just a few more strips of Jackson papers and some metal brass baubles and this card is done.

Hopefully you've been inspired to create something cool for that special guy in your life! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ice Cream Scoop!

I have been holding onto these cute little magnetic ice cream scoops for some time, waiting for the opportunity to use them. This month's Stamp set Ice Cream Dream gave me the perfect reason to share them!

I made up these tags using the stamp set and attached the scoops with some ribbon. I used the ice cream bar for a random stamped background and made the cone licking pup the center of attention. What a fun way to share this stamp set and to say thank you to someone this summer!