Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring February's Stamp of the Month, which is "Piece of Cake," a set of 10 stamps.
If you have come here from Amy's Blog, you are on the right path! When you reach the end of my post you will continue hopping along from the link posted for you.
This month we have over 70 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!
For my card creation, I used the cardmaker's how-to recipe book, "Cherish" cardmaking how-to program and followed the pattern called, Overview. The how-to programs from Close to My Heart are such great time-savers for me. The programs really do make my projects come together: "Faster. Simpler. Easier."
So, even though it is lightly snowing here today, I am feeling in the mood for Spring. I've so been enjoying my creative time lately with the new Topstitch Level 2 kit for Close to My Heart's Spring 2010 Idea Book.
This month has been packed full of so many things for our family.
We welcomed in the new year with a relaxing day visiting with family and friends. Plenty of gaming was going on as well as lots of Blu-ray movies too!
The kids headed back to school and work, as did Wayne, who enjoyed nearly two weeks away from the daily grind.
Our baby celebrated her birthday with a Mad Hatter Tea Party and sleepover with her girlfriends. It's difficult to believe she can be 15! If only I had imagined how fast precious time with our kiddos would fly by.
Here is the fun birthday cake that Rebekah made for her sister. Isn't it so cute? Rachel just loved it!
Both of the girls did an awesome job with final exams. They studied hard and got the results they worked hard for all semester. We are proud of their achievements.
Rachel is appearing in a production of "Charlotte's Web" at a local theater. She had her photo appear in our local paper which was fun to see. The kids are doing a nice job with this play.
We have had the buzzing and roaring sounds of Adam's snowmobile keeping us on our toes on the weekends he makes it home to visit:
You can see the custom handlebars he added over this weekend to make riding while standing and such a little more comfortable. Looks pretty sweet, my boy! Drive safely!
David is busy back at U of M working on his English degree and Computer Science minor. Anyone who knows of job openings or internships for new grads looking to write, especially in the gaming industry, give us a holler.
I had the pleasure of hosting a crop in celebration of National Papercrafting Month and the debut of the Spring 2010 Idea Book for Close to My Heart. We had a great day of scrapbooking and cardmaking with friends. Thanks, ladies!
That's some of the scoop on life in our household these days.
When I saw this paper pack, Topstitch, I just fell in love all over with all the pink and blue and chocolate beauty of it! It totally feels like a great winter paper set too. I think of my cozy blue jammies and a cup of cocoa with fuzzy slippers when I get to work with this combo. Don't laugh now!
So, I started out earlier in the month with a 6 x6 card and then also went for a standard card too. I paired Topstitch together with one of the fun new "In the Month of" stamps in the Spring 2010 Idea Book.
In keeping with the sentiment of my card, I do wish it would snow. We've been in a melting phase for the past week or so and the snow banks are just shrinking. And my son would dearly love to do some more snowmobiling some time soon... LOL
If you visit here often you will have seen a similar version of this card as part of the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop I participated in a few weeks ago. I made this version for a Stamp of the Month swap group I have the pleasure of working with each month.
Here are details for the card:
Stamp: D1406 True Friends, January's Stamp of the Month
Paper: Caboodle Level 2 paper packet
Cardstock: Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, and Vanilla Cream
Inks: Crystal Blue, Sorbet, Sweet Leaf, and Cocoa
Embellishments: Pewter Brads, Colonial White Designer Ribbon Rounds, and Sweet Leaf Ribbon Rounds
Tools: "Wishes" how-to book, Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper Piercer, and 3-D Foam Tape
Let me know if I can help you get your own "True Friends" stamp set during this month. I am loving it!
I submitted this card for a couple of swap groups, including one hosted each new Idea Book by Miyuki Williams. She is a gracious swap host!
Another generous swap participant and fellow Close to My Heart consultant, Stephanie Pederslie created this very nice slideshow that features work from the swap group and includes artwork featuring 35 of our new stamp sets for Spring 2010. She has allowed the swap participants to share this slideshow too. How sweet!
Now wasn't that very nice?! I hope you get some play time to do your own creative "work."
Please come and check out the latest fabulous episode of Close to My Heart's Art & Soul show on my website.
There is, as always, a wealth of creative information and ideas being shared by the talented folks at corporate headquarters of CTMH.
This particular episode is entitled, "Lots of Love" and here is what promises to be covered in this show:
"You’ll adore all the sweet ideas featured in our special Valentine’s Day episode! Whether you create hand-crafted lollipop covers or personalized Valentines, the important people in your life will love knowing how much you cherish them. Plus, learn a variety of ways to use Dimensional Elements! All this and more on this episode of Art & Soul®."
You've just got to take a peek at the cute lollipop covers and the exceptionally gorgeous Valentine's!!!
Also, don't forget to visit the National Papercrafting Month Blog every day this month for your chance to post your comment on some wonderful tips and techniques and be entered for a chance to win yourself a Felicity kit.
Today's post asks you to share what your favorite embellishment to use on your projects. Mine is buttons! I like the dimension, color, and texture they add to my pages and cards. I have a hard time talking myself out of putting buttons everywhere and on every project! LOL
Here is a peek at my upcoming events for Close to My Heart:
December 15-January 31: Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with the stunning Felicity Collection. Eligible for purchase at $34.95 or FREE with either $60 in stamps purchased or $125 in overall products ordered. Hostesses can earn a free Felicity Collection with Gatherings over $400. New consultants also get Felicity in their kit this month. Contact me to join my team!
January 30th: Women's Expo Event at NCMC in Petoskey. Please stop in to visit, browse the vendors, and join me for a make & take. I'll have some cash & carry items on hand and the brand new Spring 2010 Idea Book.
January 31st: Topstitch card workshop from 1-6 p.m. Choose your level of kit and create 12 lovely cards, suitable for Valentine's Day too, with this pretty paper packet. The Basic Kit includes the exclusive stamp set, Love is in the Air, only available in the workshop kit!!! Basic $29.95, Better $39.40, or Best $58.35 (plus s/h/t). *Add-on kit: $17.90 for those also doing the layout workshop.
February 20th: Felicity workshop from 1-6 p.m. Mark your calendar for this FREE workshop day! Purchase or earn National Papercrafting Month's Felicity kit and you are eligible to attend this workshop. Come & create the exclusive 4 pages and 4 cards using the included brochure. You may add a My Creations Keeper Box for $10 and have supplies and "bling" to make it all.
February 28th: Caboodle layout workshop from 1-6 p.m. Choose your level of kit and create 4 playful pages. The Basic Kit comes with an exclusive stamp set, This Way, only available in the workshop kit!!! Basic $29.95, Better $41.85, or Best $51.75 (plus s/h/t).
March 7th: Caboodle Easter Card workshop from 1-6 p.m. Choose your level of kit and create 12 playfully fun cards, with an Easter variation or as shown in your brochure. The Basic Kit includes the exclusive stamp set, This Way, only available in the workshop kit!!! Basic $29.95, Better $39.40, or Best $58.35 (plus s/h/t). *Add-on kit: $16.90 for those also doing the layout workshop.
More class dates: March 28th, April 17th, April 18th, and May 15th.
April 23-25, 2010: Gaylord Shop & Crop Weekend Get-Away: Contact me for all the details on a scrap-tabulous get-away weekend to refuel your creative juices. There will be a room decorating contest with a chance to win a free weekend, classes, cash & carry vendors (including me), food, and lots of fun!
Don't forget that you can earn free scrapbooking and stamping supplies by hosting your own Home Gathering for an evening of creative fun with your family and friends. Call me today to book your Gathering: 231-347-6301 or shoot me an e-mail to: email@example.com
Welcome to our Close to My Heart Spring 2010 New Product Blog Hop!
We have 17 fabulous Close to My Heart Consultants who are celebrating the much anticipated release of the lovely Spring 2010 Idea Book by giving you a look at some of the great products which are now available in the new Idea Book that went live January 1st.
If you have come here from Wendy's blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you may want to go back to Erin's blog and start from the beginning!
Our Blog Hop is so simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!
This 6 x 6 card comes from the "Wishes" pattern called "Keep It Level." Close to My Heart's How-To Programs make it so easy to make something nice in no time. Also, I used Textured Cardstock for a little added interest on this card.
Now "Hop" on over to Dawn Heuft's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and, most importantly, to get many sneak peeks at the beautiful new paper packs, embellishments, and My Acrylix Stamp Sets!
If you get lost along the hop, you can follow the list posted below to move along our group's blogs:
If you are customer who subscribes to my newsletters, please check your e-mail box for my latest newsletter. It's full of information about my upcoming events and lots of great new information from Close to My Heart.
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Also, make sure to head on over to enter for your chance at a Felicity kit over at the National Papercrafting Month blog hosted by Close to My Heart. Today's post asks you to share what happiness means to you. How fun!
During January there are several ways to celebrate with Felicity and earn your kit for Free, including a visit to Close to My Heart's special blog, where you earn a chance to win a kit just by leaving a comment. The blog includes some nice artwork featuring Felicty and tutorials too! Click here to take a peek. A free kit is being awarded every day in January!!!
Here are some of the other ways that you can get your own gorgeous Felicity kit:
* Customers and Hostesses: December 15, 2009—January 31, 2010
* New Consultants: January 1–31, 2010 The Felicity Collection features decorative die-cut paper, three gorgeous color schemes, and a D-size stamp set that include flowers, flourishes, argyle, birds, and an entire alphabet! This collection has a retail value of $34.95 US. You can buy it outright, or get it free! There are two ways to qualify for a FREE Felicity Collection: * Purchase a minimum of $60 US in full-retail priced stamp sets (A, B, C, D, and E-size). (Excludes Stamp of the Month, Art & Soul®, Workshops on the Go™, and customizable (K) stamp sets.) * Place an order of $125 or more in full-retail priced Close To My Heart products. Limit of one FREE kit per order. The campaign also has enticing opportunities for hostesses and new Consultants. Hostesses get the package FREE with a Home Gathering sales total of $400 US or more. New Consultants who join Close To My Heart between January 1–31 will receive the package FREE in their New Consultant Kit. Shipping/handling and tax may apply.
Visit my website to join my Love to Stamp Team of fabulous and fun consultants. Do what you love while getting great discounts and owning your own business. Get your choice of a lovely New Consultant Kit for just $75!!!
Get your yummy crafting supplies today! Check all of the great papercrafting goodies!
I am an Independent Close to My Heart consultant, which is my F-U-N job!!! I'm also wife to one fabulous guy, mom to four terrific kids, a scrapbooker, a stamper, and an all-around papercrafting addict. Join my "Love to Stamp" team today and get started on your own amazing journey of creative F-U-N!
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