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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CTMH January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Cross-Stitch Wishes


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring January's Stamp of the Month, which is "Cross-Stitch Wishes," a set of stamps that include stamps that will make beautiful cards, pages, and much, much more! If you have come here from Pam'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. If you should get lost along the way, here is the link to the full list of hoppers: Blog Hop List

We have another talented group of over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month 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! Here is a look at the images that are included with this stamp set:
How cute are these?!?  This is stamp set will work great on home decor pieces, layouts, and cards too!  You can get yours online on my website, http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com 

Now, here is the project I made:
Project Supplies:
Stamps: S1313 January Stamp of the Month: Cross-Stitch Wishes
Paper:  X7171B Sarita paper packets
Cardstock: White Daisy &Lagoon
Inks: Black, Cotton Candy, and Lagoon
Embellishments:  From CC1029 Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit:  Z1928 Durables Triangle Studs, Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim, Z1920 Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape, plus Z1751Harvest Baker's Twine
Tools: Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, 9042 Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2, 3-D Foam Tape, and Glue Dots

This card gives you a sneak peek at three new embellishments that are available to you in the Cloud Nine Cardmaking kit during January.  You can see the Teal Shimmer Trim, Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape, and the Triangle Durables.  Heavenly goodness (and at a great price)!  On this card I used my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the heart shapes.  My pattern for this card is from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2.

Now you can hop on over to Adeline's blog to see her creation for this hop. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to see lots of fun artwork for your viewing pleasure.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Subway Speak - Inspired Art

I love the subway art trend! The fun ladies from Close To My Heart, Kristine & Monica, have created this great video that shows us how to create some fantastic subway art of our own. What an inspired Christmas gift idea!

Watch the video and learn how to do this for yourself:
If you are ready to get started on this sort of fun art project, you can order your supplies directly from my website, including that cute 6" x 6" canvas featured in today's video:  http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com/

Saturday, November 30, 2013

CTMH December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Special Care


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring December's Stamp of the Month, which is "Special Care," a set of stamps that include stamps that will make beautiful cards, pages, and much, much more! If you have come here from Maureen'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.   If you should get lost along the way, here is the link to the full list of hoppers:  Blog Hop List

We have another talented group of over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month 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! Here is a look at the images that are included with this stamp set:

How great are these?!?  This is stamp set will work great on home decor pieces, layouts, and cards too!  You can get yours online on my website, http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com 

Now, here is the layout I made featuring an engagement photo of my son and new daughter-in-law:

Project Supplies:
Stamps: S1312 December Stamp of the Month: Special Care
Paper:  X7176B Sparkle & Shine paper packet
Cardstock: Black, White Daisy, Whisper, & Vineyard Berry (retired)
Inks: Slate
Embellishments:  Z1907 Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape 3-Pack, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1802 Slate Satin Polka Dot Ribbon, Z1882 Base & Bling Word Accents, and Z1890 Frosted Assortment
Tools: Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, 3-D Foam Tape, and Glue Dots

For the overlay piece, I saved a sheet of White Daisy cardstock that I had used to cut out 25 hearts from and trimmed it down to fit my layout needs.  I love how it looks over this cool juniper patterned paper in the Sparkle & Shine paper kit!

***Revised layout photo - I could not come up with a title that I was happy with at the time of my initial posting.  Here is what I have decided upon:

I used the soon-to-be-retired Pixie Glitter Alphabet stickers for the title (Z1776).  I have placed this in a shadowbox frame for now.  It may serve as the title page of a wedding scrapbook I hope to make.

Now you can hop on over to Lisa's blog to see her creation for this hop. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to see lots of fun artwork for your viewing pleasure.
 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

CTMH November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Illuminate

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring November's Stamp of the Month, which is "Illuminate," a set of stamps that include stamps that will make beautiful cards, pages, and much, much more! If you have come here from Jill'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 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month 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!

Here is a look at the images that are included with this stamp set:


How great are these?!?  This is stamp set will work great on home decor pieces, layouts, and cards too!  You can get yours online on my website, http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com 

Now, here is the standard card I made:


Project Supplies:
Stamps: S1311 November Stamp of the Month: Illuminate
Paper:  X7176B Sparkle & Shine paper packet
Cardstock:  Colonial White
Inks:  Juniper, Ruby and Slate
Embellishments:  Z1907 Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape 3-Pack, Z1701 Neutral Assortment Baker's Twine, ZZ1751 Harvest Assortment Baker's Twine, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, and Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim
Tools: Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 How-To Cardmaking Book, Micro-Tip Scissors, 3-D Foam Tape, and Glue Dots

I was excited to use the brand new Sparkle & Shine paper pack and the really fun Washi Tape!  The colors are vivid and designed to work perfectly with this limited edition paper.

Now you can hop on over to Joy's blog to see her creation for this hop. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to see lots of fun artwork for your viewing pleasure.

 

Monday, October 14, 2013

CTMH Holidays From The Heart Gift Guide Blog Hop: Sparkle & Shine Winter Wonderland

Welcome to our Holidays From The Heart Gift Guide Blog Hop! We will be featuring new papers, stamps, and embellishments guaranteed to spark your own creative flair. If you have come here from Gina'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 over 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creativity using a great variety of fun new products available in the NEW Holidays From The Heart Gift Guide. 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!

Here is a look at the card to showcase some of my new favorite items.  I absolutely love Close to My Heart's new Christmas paper, Sparkle & Shine!  I made my card using the new "Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2" how-to book also available the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book and online on my website, http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com. :


Project Supplies:
Stamps: G1071 Sparkle & Shine Workshops on the Go stamp set (inside)
Paper:  X7176B Sparkle & Shine paper packet
Cardstock: Juniper and White Daisy
Inks:  Slate
Embellishments:  Z1860 Sparkle & Shine Assortment, G1071 Sparkle & Shine Workshops on the Go zip strip for sentiment, Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim, and Z1829 Silver Glitter Paper from Black & Grey Assortment
Tools: 9042 Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 how-to book, Micro-Tip Scissors, Sponge Dauber, and 3-D Foam Tape

Now you can hop on over to Joy's blog to see her addition to our hop. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to see lots of fantastic artwork for your viewing pleasure!  There are so many amazing new supplies coming in the new Idea Book!  You are going to love it!

P.S. If you should encounter issues along the hop, you can find a complete list of our hoppers here:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/holiday-gift-guide-blog-hop.html

 

Monday, September 30, 2013

CTMH October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Scandinavian Wishes = Love

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring October's Stamp of the Month, which is "Scandinavian Wishes," a set of stamps that include stamps that are so sweet for Christmas cards, pages, and much, much more! If you have come here from Mary'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 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month 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!

Here is a look at the images that are included with this stamp set:
How cute are these, right?!?  This is stamp set will work great on home decor pieces, layouts, and cards too!  You can get yours online on my website, http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com 

Now, here is the project I made:
Project Supplies:
Stamps: S1310 October Stamp of the Month: Scandinavian Wishes
Paper:  X7174B Huntington paper packet, X7173B Babycakes paper packet, and X7172B ProPlayer paper packet
Cardstock:  Colonial White, Juniper, and Slate
Inks:  Ruby and Slate
Embellishments:  Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape, Z1853 Lagoon Aqua Dots, and Z1846 Ruby Chevron Ribbon
Tools: Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 How-To Cardmaking Book, Micro-Tip Scissors, 3-D Foam Tape, and Glue Dots

It's important to note that this stamp set has stamps that work with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, including this sweet heart stamp that I used.  Also, I wanted to share that I used the color combination from the upcoming Sparkle & Shine paper pack that will be available in just a couple of weeks!  Woot!  Woot!

Now you can hop on over to Krista's blog to see her creation for this hop. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to see lots of fun artwork for your viewing pleasure.
 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy with Close To My Heart: Summer Mini Albums

Tune in with me for the next installment in the fantastic, "Artbooking Made Easy" series and learn some fun tips for making mini albums:

 

Now, wasn't that a fun way to spend 4 minutes of your day?

Have a good one! Craft on!

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Catch the Next Installment of Artbooking Made Easy: A+ School Layouts

Here is the next great video from Close To My Heart in the fantastic "Artbooking Made Easy" informational series. This one is less than 5 minutes long, but is packed with great tips on how to get the most from your Artbooking Cricut cartridge bundle.

 

If you haven't invested in your Artbooking bundle yet, please use this link to head over to my site and get yours heading your way:  http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com

 

Monday, September 9, 2013

New Clearance Items from Close To My Heart NOW!

Woot! Woot! There are some terrific savings to be had right now on my website in the "While Supplies Last" section:  http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com/Retail/Products.aspx?CatalogID=1702

Some choices are as low as 85 cents!  You get a savings of up to 85%!  AMAZING!!!

You will want to head right on over for the best choice on great deals!  They tend to go FAST!

Happy shopping!  Oh, and remember to click the "JOIN" button for a chance to win in my Mystery Hostess drawing at the end of September!

 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy


You are going to love this new series of videos from the awesome crew at Close To My Heart's Corporate Office! It's going to help you learn lots of great tips for creating beautiful art with the awesome Artbooking Cricut cartridge!  Here is the introductory video information for you:

Welcome to Artbooking Made Easy! In this 8-month series, we will show you how to use the brand-new, revolutionary Close To My Heart Cricut® Artbooking collection to create works of art! From mini scrapbooks to layouts, you’ll find themes to fit any occasion—just set one dial size and let Artbooking do the rest! Join us each week for the Artbooking Made Easy series from September 2013 through April 2014.

Sit back and prepare to be AMAZED!
Get your Artbooking cartridge at: http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com
  

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

CTMH National Stamping Month Blog Hop: You Are My Happy

Welcome to the National Stamping Month Blog Hop!  We are featuring the triple stamp set that you can get for just $10 ($47.90 retail value) when you place an order of $50 during the month of September.  These three stamp sets have images that you will have so much fun with creating beautiful cards and layouts.

Close to My Heart is offering this sweet special in order to celebrate National Stamping Month in September.  Here is a look at all of the bang you will get for just $10!

We have 23 Close To My Heart Consultants who are sharing their creativity using these stamps.  If you have come from Sheila's blog you are right on track to keep hopping along with us.

Here is the layout that I created that uses the "You Are My Happy" font stamp set.  I also paired this National Stamping Month set with the September Stamp of the Month, "Poster Tidings" to create my title:

Project Supplies:
Stamps: CC1025 National Stamping Month: You Are My Sunshine & S1309 September Stamp of the Month: Poster Tidings
Paper:  X7170B Laughing Lola paper packet, X7171B Sarita paper packet, and X7175B Frosted paper packet
Cardstock:  Colonial White, Twilight, and Blush
Inks:  Outdoor Denim, Crystal Blue, Gypsy, and Twilight
Embellishments:  Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1817 Slate Polka Dot Washi Tape, Z1812 Small Clear Sparkle Flourishes, and Z1853 Lagoon Aqua Dots
Tools: Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 How-To Cardmaking Book, Micro-Tip Scissors, 3-D Foam Tape, and Glue Dots

If you LOVE this great 3-stamp set, you can get yours from my website at: http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com and be sure to click "Join" on my "MYSTERY HOSTESS" Gathering. 

Now you can hop on over to Wendy's blog to see her creation for this hop. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to see lots of fun artwork for your viewing pleasure. 
 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

CTMH September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Poster Tidings

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring September's Stamp of the Month, which is "Poster Tidings," a set of stamps that include cool subway art type of stamps that are so very trendy and versatile. If you have come here from Lori'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 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month 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!

Here is a look at the images that are included with this stamp set:

How FUN are these, right?!?  This is stamp set will work great on home decor pieces, layouts, and cards too!  You can get yours online on my website, http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com 

Now, here is the project I made:

Project Supplies:
Stamps: S1309 September Stamp of the Month: Poster Tidings
Paper:  X7170B Laughing Lola paper packet, X7171B Sarita paper packet, and X7175B Frosted paper packet
Cardstock:  Colonial White, Twilight, and Blush
Inks:  Crystal Blue, Gypsy, and Twilight
Embellishments:  Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1817 Slate Polka Dot Washi Tape, Z1812 Small Clear Sparkle Flourishes, and Z1853 Lagoon Aqua Dots
Tools: Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 How-To Cardmaking Book, Micro-Tip Scissors, 3-D Foam Tape, and Glue Dots

This photo does not quite showcase the stamp-rolling technique that I used.  I first inked the stamp in Crystal Blue, then rolled lightly in Twilight, then lightly in Gypsy ink.  I LOVE the effect in person!

Now you can hop on over to Kami's blog to see her creation for this hop. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to see lots of fun artwork for your viewing pleasure.

 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Birthday Card: Frosted Meets Sarita

It was my husband's birthday this past weekend and I was inspired to use the fun new Circle Spin Cards available now courtesy of the new Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book.  Plus, I added two of the fun-sized M-sized stamp sets that are just $2.95 each and that fit just perfectly on the spinning circle element of these great cards.

I am also really enjoying challenging myself to combine papers from more than one of our lovely paper packs.  For this 5" x & 7" card I ended up choosing both Frosted and Sarita.

Here is a sample of Frosted:

And here is Sarita:


This is my combination.  I am excited about how it turned out!  See for yourself:
Project Supplies:
Stamps: M1030 A Little Gift and M1033 Heartfelt Birthday Wish
Paper:  X7175B Frosted paper packet & X7171B Sarita paper packet
Cardstock:  Z1866 White Daisy Circle Spin Cards & Envelopes
Inks:   Crystal Blue, Lagoon, Outdoor Denim, and Twilight
Embellishments:  Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape, Z1817 Slate Polka Dot Washi Tape, and Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
Tools: Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, Z1768 Silver Metallic Marker, Blending Pen, Micro-Tip Scissors, 3-D Foam Tape, and Glue Dots


Here is a look at the back side of the spinner center of the card, stamped with the "Heartfelt Birthday Wish" stamp.  I used the ombre technique to color the "birthday" using my Crystal Blue and Twilight ink pads and my Blending Pen.  I am pretty happy with the cool effect~


Aren't the new Aqua Dots adorable?

Here is a peek inside the card.  I stamped the sentiment using the fun birthday-themed stamp set, "Just a Number," which is one of my favorites:


So, tell me, aren't these Spin Cards fun?!?  And, don't you love how the Frosted papers and the Sarita paper look great together?  I was quite pleased when it came together like this.  LOL

Now if you need any of these great new products, please head over to my website at:  http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com  Remember that the August Stamp of the Month is FREE with every $50 purchase!  Yummy!


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

CTMH New Product Blog Hop - Autumn/Winter Idea Book

Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop! We will be featuring lots of lovely artwork using great products from the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book. If you have come here from Lucy'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 30 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month 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 the gorgeous new Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book and it is available online for browsing and shopping NOW at:  http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com .  
There is also a peek at the August Stamp of the Month, "A Chocolate Affair" which is FREE with every $50 purchase!  Yummy deal!

With this new Idea Book, when you host a Gathering, either in your home or online, you can have the opportunity to use your Hostess Rewards to purchase one or all of the 7 Exclusive Hostess Rewards Stamp Sets.  One of those sets is the seriously fun, Family Photo set:


The retail price would normally be $9.95, but as part of your Hostess Rewards opportunity to get yours, the cost is only $6!

Now, here is the standard card I created:
Project Supplies:
Stamps: B1433 Family Photo, Exclusive Hostess Rewards Stamp Set
Paper:  X7172B ProPlayer paper packet
Cardstock:  White Daisy and Ruby
Inks:  Slate
Embellishments:  Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Cranberry Baker's Twine from Z1751 Harvest Assortment, Z1864 Slate Striped Twist Ties, and Slate Metal-Rimmed Enamel Badge Buttons from Z1879 ProPlayer Assortment
Tools: Z1790 Cricut Artiste Cartridge, 9041 Wishes How-To Cardmaking Book, Micro-Tip Scissors, 3-D Foam Tape, and Glue Dots

Now you can hop on over to Maria's blog to see her creation for this hop. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to see lots of fun artwork for your viewing pleasure.

Contact me at: lovetostamp@live.com
to schedule your Gathering so you can get your inky hands on these great Hostess Rewards stamps sets and lots of great new items in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book!

 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Check it out! Project Inspirations: Ombre Technique

Have you have been wondering, "How'd they do that?" with the fun ombre technique you've been seeing?  Join me today as Carlie from the Art Department at Close To My Heart's Corporate Offices shows you how to get the gradual shading of color depths on your papercrafting projects.
 
You are going to love spending a few minutes with Carlie.  She demonstrates how to make this lovely technique one of the tools in your creative bag of tricks.

There. Isn't that terrific?!? A beautiful technique learned in under 6 minutes! Hurray!
 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Close To My Heart New Product Blog Hop & Linky Party

Welcome to the party!  This post is part of the New Product Blog Hop for the wonderful new Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book that you can view and order from as of August 1st.  Woot!  Woot!

LIVE today at:  http://lovetostamp.ctmh.com

In order to share in the excitement, this Blog Hop (& Linky Party) was organized courtesy of the hard work and planning from the Fabulously Artsy Tresa Black.  Several inspiring Close To My Heart consultants have created artwork to get you properly geeked to get your hands on all the great new goodies!

Here is the card I made to bring to this party:
Project Supplies:
Stamps: Huntington Workshops on the Go exclusive stamp set
Paper: X7174B Huntington Level 2 packet
Cardstock: Champagne, Cocoa, Colonial White and Desert Sand
Inks:  Barn Red and Slate
Embellishments: Z1849 Bronze Shimmer Trim, Z1837 Wooden Mini-Medley Accents Collection, and Z1883 Base & Bling Floral Accents
Tools: "Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2" how-to book, Micro-Tip Scissors, Piercing Tool, and 3-D Foam Tape

Did you notice the delectable new Bronze Shimmer Trim?  I LOVE our Shimmer Trim!  It's a perfect way to snazz up a project quickly and inexpensively too!

I was really geeked to my hands on the new how-to pattern book that I used to inspire me for the layout of my card:
So much inspiration to be found in this great new pattern book, "Make It from Your Heart Vol. 2!"

Thanks for visiting!  Enjoy the Blog Hop & Linky Party!

This blog hop is open for members of the CTMH Blog Boosters. Please do not enter if you are not a member of the group.

 
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