Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop "Thoughtful Tidings"

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring February's Stamp of the Month, which is "S1202 Thoughtful Tidings" a bold set of stamps featuring images and sentiments that are great for your cards, layouts, or fun gift projects.

If you have come here from Annette'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.

We have another talented group of over 60 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. Hopping along with us 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!

This is my standard card made using a card pattern from the Originals cardmaking how-to program:

Project Supplies:
Stamps: S1202 Thoughtful Tidings, February's Stamp of the Month
Paper: X7153B Florentine Level 2 Paper Packet
Cardstock:  Cocoa, Colonial White, and Olive
Inks: Cocoa and Twilight
Embellishments: NEW Z1704 Pewter Badge Buttons and Z1701 Neutral Assortment Baker's Twine - Grey Wool
Tools: "Originals" how-to book, Micro-Tip Scissors, Sponge Dauber, Glue Dots, and Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Collection exclusively for Close to My Heart

Now hop on over to Krista's blog to see her addition to our hop. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to see some more wonderful assortment of artwork for your viewing pleasure!

 Big news for you as of February 1st is the GO LIVE date for the Spring/Summer 2012.  If you decide you just have to get your own copy of the new and GORGEOUS Idea Book or the versatile February stamp of the month, head over to start shopping on my website:

Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

While I have been busy creating some cards for my swap groups with the beautiful new supplies from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book, I have this card to share as some Valentine inspiration.

I am really enjoying the Roxie paper with Valentine's Day in mind:

Project Supplies:
Stamps: S1112 Mad About You, December's Stamp of the Month
Paper: X7140B Roxie Level 2 Paper Packet
Cardstock:  Black and Desert Sand
Inks:  Black and Desert Sand
Embellishments: Z1487 Mini-Medley My Accents Pewter Collection
Tools: "Wishes" how-to book, Micro-Tip Scissors, Sponge Tool, 3-D Foam Tape, Glue Dots, and the NEW Cricut Art Philosophy Collection exclusively for Close to My Heart

If you missed your chance to order the really cute December stamp of the month, I happen to have a couple looking for good homes.  You can reach me via e-mail at:

Let me know, too, if you would like a copy of the upcoming Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book sent to you.  You are going to LOVE it!

Now, back to more happy stamping!  Here's hoping that you can get some of your own crafty time in soon!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Waiting Game for Spring 2012 CTMH Treasures

I know some of my blogging friends and my Close to My Heart consultant friends were curious about my cardstock organizing project I mentioned earlier in the week. I finished that up a couple of days ago. Hurray! However, since that project I've continued on down the organizing path as I await the arrival of my goodies from the new Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book.

My dear daughter is sharing a birthday party with her good friends who are also January babies. They are having a "Walking in a Glitter Wonderland" theme party.  Oh my is our basement ever covered in glitter right now.  I cringe at the thought of the after-party clean up.

We started cleaning and organizing our basement family room on New Year's Day in preparation for this big party and it's been kind of addictive.  Today when I headed out to pick up birthday party rations for sixteen teenage guests, I stopped at a couple of stores and also managed to pick up some organizing totes and drawer storage.  I figured a little distraction from all of the party fun was just the thing for my evening plans.  LOL

While some got their party on, I got my clean on...
Before pics of my cardstock project:
And, the reorganized, and hopefully, more manageable and accessible selection of Close to My Heart cardstock:

So, that was my project I completed earlier this week.  Below you can see what I accomplished this evening during my cleaning party.  This is my upstairs crafting space now clean, organized, and ready for my Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book goodies to arrive:
A great step in my ongoing plan to gain control of my crafting supplies!  I hope that perhaps this will inspire you to get organized for a great new year of scrapbooking, stamping, and papercrafting fun!

Next up is the sorting and reorganizing of 500-600 (or maybe even more than that) Close to My Heart My Acrylix stamp sets down in my basement craft room!!!  Wish my luck!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Retiring Products List with Slideshow

This blog post is so that I can share some important information for Close to My Heart fans to help make sure you don't miss you chance to order the stamps, papers, embellishments, or accessories that will retire on or before February 1st.  I am including the list of items for you to browse so you can prioritize your "must haves" to order soon.

In addition to the list, you can also view a nice slideshow put together by fellow CTMH consultant, Tamytha, who has graciously shared of her time.  Also, a big thanks to Kathleen, also a fellow consultant, who shared of her compilation of the spreadsheet format of retiring items:

CTMH Items Retiring Effective Jan 31, 2012
Autumn/Winter 2011 IB Page ITEM Item # Price
A/W 19 Workshop on the Go Typeset Kit G1024 $29.95
A/W 25 Workshop on the Go Roxie Kit G1025 $29.95
A/W 31 Workshop on the Go Elemental Kit G1026 $29.95
A/W 34 Dreamin' Level 2 Paper Packet X7142B $9.95
A/W 34 Dreamin' My Stickease Assortment X7142C $4.95
A/W 37 Workshop on the Go Dreamin' Kit G1027 $29.95
A/W 37 Workshop on the Go Sonoma Kit G1028 $29.95
A/W 46 Mischief Level 2 Paper Packet X7144B $9.95
A/W 46 Mischief Complements Rub-Ons X7144C $4.95
A/W 49 Workshop on the Go Mischief Kit G1029 $29.95
A/W 52 Believe Level 2 Paper Packet X7145B $9.95
A/W 52 Believe My Stickease Assortment X7145C $4.95
A/W 55 Workshop on the Go Believe Kit G1030 $29.95
A/W 58 Wonderland Level 2 Paper Packet X7146B $9.95
A/W 58 Wonderland My Stickease Assortment X7146C $4.95
A/W 61 Workshop on the Go Wonderland Kit G1031 $29.95
A/W 62 Sophia Level 2 Paper Packet X7131B $12.95
A/W 62 Sophia My Stickease Assortment X7131C $4.95
A/W 62 Mayberry Level 2 Paper Packet X7131B $12.95
A/W 62 Mayberry My Stickease Assortment X7131C $4.95
A/W 63 Lucky Level 2 Paper Packet X7137B $12.95
A/W 63 Lucky My Stickease Assortment X7137C $4.95
A/W 63 Fanfare Level 2 Paper Packet X7138B $12.95
A/W 63 Fanfare My Stickease Assortment X7138C $4.95
A/W 124 Wings Level 2 Assortment Z1398 $4.95
A/W 124 Cranberry grosgrain ribbon Z1103 $6.95
A/W 124 Cocoa grosgrain ribbon Z1100 $6.95
A/W 124 Colonial White grosgrain ribbon Z1102 $6.95
A/W 124 White Daisy grosgrain ribbon Z270 $6.95
A/W 124 Colonial White Ribbon collection Z1126 $7.95
A/W 125 Embroidery Floss Red/Pink Z1092 $3.25
A/W 125 Embroidery Floss Green Z1094 $3.25
A/W 125 Embroidery Floss Blue/Purple Z1093 $3.25
A/W 125 Waxy Flax Cranberry Z1086 $3.95
A/W 125 Waxy Flax Sorbet Z1249 $3.95
A/W 125 Waxy Flax Juniper Z1248 $3.95
A/W 125 Waxy Flax Crystal Blue Z1247 $3.95
A/W 126 Designer Brads Colonial White Z1274 $3.95
A/W 126 Designer Brads Pewter Z1146 $3.95
A/W 127 Foundry Metal Bookplates Z1147 $3.50
A/W 127 Soft Set Eyelets Black and White Daisy Z1228 $3.95
A/W 127 Soft Set Eyelets Chocolate and Colonial White Z1229 $3.95
A/W 127 Mini Medley Antiqued Copper Z1275 $4.95
A/W 127 Mini Medley Colonial White Z1276 $4.95
A/W 128 Midnight Felt Shapes Z1462 $3.95
A/W 128 Lucky Level 2 Journaling Spots Z1359 $3.95
A/W 128 Harvest Charms Z1633 $4.95
A/W 128 Holiday Packets Z1486 $4.95
A/W 128 Top Coats Icing Overlays Z1468 $4.95
A/W 128 Lucky Level 2 Assortment Z1356 $4.95
A/W 128 Sweetheart Level 2 Assortment Z1386 $4.95
A/W 128 Fanfare Level 2 Assortment Z1400 $4.95
A/W 128 Bliss Level 2 Assortment Z1355 $5.95
A/W 128 White Daisy Variety Pack Z1300 $5.95
A/W 128 Spring Blossom Z1266 $7.95
A/W 129 Color Ready Alphabets Oxford X5749 $3.95
A/W 129 Color Ready Alphabets Hodge Podge X1406 $3.95
A/W 129 Cardstock Black 8-1/2 x 11 X1412 $5.50
A/W 129 Cardstock Colonial White 8-1/2 x 11 X1411 $6.75
A/W 129 Cardstock White Daisy 8-1/2 x 11 1320 $6.75
A/W 130 Dimensional Elements Flurry Z1225 $4.95
A/W 130 Dimensional Elements On Target Z1226 $5.95
A/W 131 My Creations Memory Showcase 9x9 Z1198 $5.95
A/W 131 My Creations Board Book Z1310 $6.95
A/W 131 My Creations Journal Z1268 $7.95
A/W 132 Rubber Brayer Z616 $12.95
A/W 133 Eyelet Tool Replacement Punches Z1245 $2.95
A/W 133 Soft Set Eyelet Tool Z1208 $14.95

Spring/Summer 2011 IB Page ITEM Item # Price
S/S 13 Trellis D1451 $17.95
S/S 17 Backgrounds & Borders D1463 $17.95
S/S 25 Dreams Come True D1470 $17.95
S/S 29 Summer Days B1375 $9.95
S/S 46 Love Ya! D1460 $17.95
S/S 47 A Love A1103 $6.95
S/S 47 So Lucky C1390 $13.95
S/S 47 From My Heart C1443 $13.95
S/S 48 Soul Mates Word Puzzle D1254 $17.95
S/S 48 Circle of Love D1438 $17.95
S/S 49 A Little Buzz B1353 $9.95
S/S 49 Bless This Nest C1445 $13.95
S/S 50 Ambiance C1349 $13.95
S/S 51 A Hope A1112 $6.95
S/S 51 Take Luck B1364 $9.95
S/S 51 Springtime D1415 $17.95
S/S 52 Bunny Love B1324 $9.95
S/S 52 Beloved B1343 $9.95
S/S 52 Enjoy Every Moment C1395 $13.95
S/S 53 A Paisley A1105 $6.95
S/S 53 Carefree C1447 $13.95
S/S 54 Always in My Heart A1101 $6.95
S/S 54 Charmed C1385 $13.95
S/S 54 Togetherness D1402 $17.95
S/S 55 One of a Kind D1410 $17.95
S/S 56 A Posy A1102 $6.95
S/S 56 Extreme Happiness C1356 $13.95
S/S 56 Blooming Layers C1449 $13.95
S/S 57 Friendship Blessings D1191 $17.95
S/S 57 Flower Pot D1409 $17.95
S/S 58 Smiles C1397 $13.95
S/S 58 Happy Moments C1437 $13.95
S/S 59 His and Hers C1460 $13.95
S/S 60 You're Sweet B1351 $9.95
S/S 60 Beautiful Butterflies B1373 $9.95
S/S 60 Tasty Treats D1427 $17.95
S/S 61 Recipie Box D1364 $17.95
S/S 61 Bon Appetite D1367 $17.95
S/S 62 Makin' Waves C1365 $13.95
S/S 62 Daydream D1297 $17.95
S/S 63 Down by the Sea C1451 $13.95
S/S 63 Crusin' D1471 $17.95
S/S 64 Summer Breeze C1453 $13.95
S/S 64 True Happiness D1365 $17.95
S/S 65 Treetops C1368 $13.95
S/S 66 Let's Go Camping C1355 $13.95
S/S 67 Beautiful Things D1298 $17.95
S/S 67 Camping Fever D1353 $17.95
S/S 68 Beary Best C1363 $13.95
S/S 68 Beary Busy C1409 $13.95
S/S 69 You're Great D1434 $17.95
S/S 69 Howdy D1435 $17.95
S/S 70 Fun Times B1309 $9.95
S/S 70 It's a Zoo C1360 $13.95
S/S 70 Hot Diggity C1407 $13.95
S/S 71 Love Birds C1396 $13.95
S/S 71 Over the Rainbow D1426 $17.95
S/S 72 Horizon C1454 $13.95
S/S 72 Post Card D1357 $17.95
S/S 73 Thrill Ride D1425 $17.95
S/S 73 Ciao D1461 $17.95
S/S 74 Retro Tech C1446 $13.95
S/S 75 Around the Block D1377 $17.95
S/S 76 Family Ties - Children C1345 $13.95
S/S 76 Family Ties - Adults C1346 $13.95
S/S 77 Family Ties - Pets B1350 $9.95
S/S 77 Family C1305 $13.95
S/S 77 Play Day D1360 $17.95
S/S 78 Believe in Your Dream B1322 $9.95
S/S 78 Ms. Scrapbook B1352 $9.95
S/S 78 Ms. Chillin' D1404 $17.95
S/S 79 You Rock D1346 $17.95
S/S 80 X-treme D1432 $17.95
S/S 80 Catching Waves D1466 $17.95
S/S 81 Star Power D1403 $17.95
S/S 81 Hero D1474 $17.95
S/S 82 Birthday Boy C1411 $13.95
S/S 82 Little Princess C1414 $13.95
S/S 82 Tea Time C1438 $13.95
S/S 83 Birthday Blast C1436 $13.95
S/S 84 Shining Star D1320 $17.95
S/S 84 Cupcake Sprinkles D1336 $17.95
S/S 84 Royal Birth D1441 $17.95
S/S 85 Piece of Cake D1407 $17.95
S/S 86 Sweet Baby C1359 $13.95
S/S 86 Paisley Praise D1414 $17.95
S/S 87 Adoption A1098 $6.95
S/S 87 Baby Love B1368 $9.95
S/S 87 You Did It C1351 $13.95
S/S 88 Precious Love C1444 $13.95
S/S 88 Love Always D1337 $17.95
S/S 89 Magic Tabs C1448 $13.95
S/S 90 Circle Together B1372 $9.95
S/S 90 Just for Girls C1337 $13.95
S/S 90 Just for Boys C1338 $13.95
S/S 91 Unity C1422 $13.95
S/S 91 Cherished Flourishes D1413 $17.95
S/S 92 On the Edge C1399 $13.95
S/S 92 Two-Step Backgrounds D1473 $17.95
S/S 94 Circle Around D1300 $17.95
S/S 95 Adorning Corners D1322 $17.95
S/S 95 Connections D1330 $17.95
S/S 96 Fill in the Blanks D1465 $17.95
S/S 97 Kanji Phrases C1339 $13.95
S/S 97 Priceless Love D1348 $17.95
S/S 98 Just the Ticket B1323 $9.95
S/S 98 Boom! B1354 $9.95
S/S 98 Salutation Seals C1461 $13.95
S/S 99 For Every Occasion D1187 $17.95
S/S 99 A Little Everything D1408 $17.95
S/S 100 Thank You D1361 $17.95
S/S 101 TLC C1364 $13.95
S/S 102 In the Month of February C1403 $13.95
S/S 102 In the Month of March C1404 $13.95
S/S 102 In the Month of April C1405 $13.95
S/S 103 In the Month of May C1415 $13.95
S/S 103 In the Month of June C1416 $13.95
S/S 103 In the Month of July C1417 $13.95
S/S 104 Notice the Details D1378 $17.95
S/S 105 Dream Big D1399 $17.95
S/S 105 Happy Holidays D1431 $17.95
S/S 105 On This Day D1468 $17.95

Here is the slideshow for your viewing pleasure:

If you find some items you wish to order before it's too late, please head over to my website to get your retiring wish list products:

Remember that there is the fun Rock the Block promotion going on through January 31st that you can take advantage of while stocking up on those "must have" items that are set to retire.
When you place a minimum order of $25 from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you can get two valuable new products for just $15: the My Creations® Collage Cubes (a Spring/Summer 2012 sneak-peek product!) and the exclusive My Acrylix® Rock the Block E-size stamp set (available only during this promotion). This Rock the Block promotion represents a retail savings of almost $30! You're going to love the collage cubes and the Rock the Block stamp set, which work together for interactive, fashionable fun!

Please contact me at: if I can answer any questions for you.

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful day in this new year!

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