Wednesday, July 31, 2013

CTMH August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: It's a Chocolate Affair

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring August's Stamp of the Month, which is "A Chocolate Affair," a set of stamps that include scrumptious images and sentiments to brighten any project. If you have come here from Kathleen'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!

This is the gorgeous new Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book and it is available online for browsing and shopping as of August 1st at: 

Along with this new Idea Book is our delicious August Stamp of the Month: A Chocolate Affair.  Here is a look at the images that are included with this stamp set:
How SWEET are these, right?!?  This is the first stamp of the month of the in the NEW Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book that you can view online on my website, 

Be sure to get your August Stamp of the Month at the steal of a deal of FREE (yes, FREE) with every $50 purchase!  What a YUMMY deal!

Now, here is the 5" x 5" card I made:
Project Supplies:
Stamps: S1308 August Stamp of the Month: A Chocolate Affair
Paper:  X7168B Surf's Up paper packet, X7163B Chantilly paper packet, and Dream Pop paper packet (retired)
Cardstock:  Colonial White and Blush
Inks:  Chocolate and Blush
Embellishments:  Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Lagoon Baker's Twine from Z1702 Paradise Assortment, Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems, and Chocolate Baker's Twine from Z1701 Neutral Assortment
Tools: Z2417 Cotton Candy Alcohol Marker, Wishes How-To Cardmaking Book, Circle Punch, Micro-Tip Scissors, 3-D Foam Tape, and Glue Dots

This stamp set was the first item from this brand new Idea Book that I got to play with well before I had new papers in my hands.  So, I challenged myself to think outside my usual box.  In doing that, I chose to mix and match a few different paper packets to come up with my card.  The Chantilly and Surf's Up packets are still available in the new book.  I loved how they worked together on my card!

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.


Saturday, July 27, 2013

July CTMH Specials & Born to Ride Birthday Card

Checking in today to remind you of the this month's specials from Close To My Heart that are winding down. The half-off promotion for the beautiful Art Canvas Workshops on the Go kit is still available while supplies last:
The promotional stamp sets to support the military causes are available until July 31st:

As is the July Stamp of the Month, Sweet Life:

Plus, I have this birthday card that I made last month and have been meaning to share with you.  This is a 5" x 7" card:
Project Supplies:
Stamps: C1483 Born to Ride and D1514 Just a Number
Paper:  Cruisin' paper packet (retired)
Cardstock:  White Daisy and Cranberry
Inks:  Cranberry, Black, Honey
Embellishments:  Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim and Z1754 Black and Grey Sparkles Assortment
Tools: Z2415 Honey Alcohol Marker Set, Piercing Tool, Micro-Tip Scissors, 3-D Foam Tape, and Glue Dots

Here is a peek inside the card too:

Let me know if I can help you take advantage of the July specials or if you want to RSVP for my Open House Party for next weekend: or 231-347-6301
Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

CTMH Open House Party Excitement!

The brand new Autumn/Winter Idea Book is a real stunner!  I am very excited to share all the wonderful papers, stamps, embellishments, jewelry, and of course, the spectacular Artbooking Cricut cartridge with my peeps next month.  Mark your calendars and plan to join me on Sunday, August 4th for my Open House Party.

Friends who join me for the party will have a special gift to take home.

Plus, I will have a make & take for you:  this adorable card that features an overlay from the Artbooking cartridge paired with the beautiful new Sarita papers and a couple of fun new stamp sets:
Please RSVP on my Facebook event or via e-mail by August 1st: so I can have a make & take ready just for you.

If you also RSVP to bring a friend along, I will have an extra special gift for you.

When our orders for the Open House Party reach $250 or more, I will be drawing one lucky winner for a half-price item, including the Artbooking Cricut cartridge bundle!  Woot!

I can hardly wait to share all of the excitement with you!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

ProPlayer Meets Crusin' Birthday Card

July is a happy month when we get to celebrate the birthday of our wonderful twin sons who are wonderful young men.

Today I am sharing the card I made for our David:
This is a 5" x 7" card.  I used some argyle print paper from the retired Cruisin' paper pack.  I then added the ProPlayer paper packet that is so perfect for boys, gamers, teenagers, and so much more.  I used the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the cool Outdoor Denim accent circle just under that gaming controller piece from the awesome C1566 "Tech Speak" stamp set.  David is a gamer and a game designer, so this set is one I have been wishing for.  This card also gives you a look at the great ProPlayer Assortment embellishment set that includes these cool metal-rimmed enamel badge buttons.

Here is a look at the inside of this fun card:

While we didn't get to celebrate in person with our dear twin boys, I think they knew we were sending them much love and happy wishes their way!

Here's wishing you a day full of fun and games too!


Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Special Card for My Son: Every Mile a Memory

With the exciting new Autumn/Winter Idea Book & Catalog going live in just a few short days, I have been busy creating with some wonderful new papers, stamps, and beautiful embellishments.  Hurray for the awesome perks of being a consultant with Close To My Heart!

My twin boys just celebrated their birthday.  I tried to make them each a card that I felt matched their own unique and fabulous style.

For our son, Adam, this is what I created:
I wish the photo turned out a little better, but I have been experimenting with a fancier version of my photo editing software. This card was a combination of brand new products and some retired favorites too that fit perfectly with my vision of what I wanted for my son's card.

Our Adam loves just about anything that has a motor.  For as long as I can remember that boy has found great joy in tinkering with and driving most any vehicle, from his first "motorcycle" at the Christmas he was about 2 to his new Honda motorcycle.  LOL  So, for his card I used papers from Cruisin' and also the new ProPlayer pack.  The muscle car image comes from D1564 "Maximum Power" stamp set.  The sentiment, "Every mile a memory" is from the Cruisin' Workshops on the Go stamp set.  I also incorporated the D1514 "Just a Number" birthday-themed stamp set.  Plus, you can see a glimpse of the fun new Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape.  I love it!

Here is a peek inside the card:
Happy Birthday to a fantastic young man!

Stay tuned for a look at our son, David's, special card too.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Let's Get Patriotic: Land of the Free and Home of the Brave

There is still time left to take advantage of this special promotion and to help support your military.  The details of this campaign are as follows:

Celebrate military service and promote patriotism with our new patriotic stamp sets—available only from June 1 to July 31, 2013. Three dollars from each B-size My Acrylix® Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set will be donated to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country. Show your support with your own patriotic stamp set!

This promotion runs through the end of July.  Here is a look at the promotional stamp sets:

Here is a card I made with the D1578 "Home of the Brave" stamp set:

I used Kraft cardstock for my top-fold standard card.  I kept my card simple with one layer of Colonial White cardstock.  I stamped the Statue of Liberty in Desert Sand ink.  There are stars stamped with first- and second-generation Honey ink.  The fireworks bursts are stamped using the stamp-rolling technique.  I used Cranberry, Desert Sand, and Outdoor Denim inks.  I also added the sparkle and shine by using Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel.  I did a little edge distressing and also added Desert Sand ink to the edges with my handy dandy sponge dauber.  My finishing touch was the addition of Cranberry Baker's Twine and voila!

Get your stamps soon and contribute to a great cause at the same time!

Just head to my website to get yours ordered:

Thank you for stopping by today.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Exciting News for CTMH Orders in August (Includes Artbooking Pre-Order Special)!

There is a wonderful bonus available to those of you who are taking advantage of my Artbooking Cricut cartridge bundle pre-order offer:  It can be combined with the special offer of a FREE August Stamp of the Month: A Chocolate Affair ($17.95 retail) with any purchase of $50 or more!!!

Take a peek at how delicious this new stamp set is!  Oh my gosh!  You know you really NEED this one and why not get it for FREE?!?
So, when you add that to my own offer of FREE shipping and NO tax with your pre-order of the Artbooking cartridge bundle for just $99 ($125 retail) you are saving...wait for least $60!!!

Here is an overview of the really amazing things you can do with this revolutionary new Artbooking cartridge exclusive to Close To My Heart:
So, go ahead and take in all of the glorious possibilities with:
  • 700 cutting options
  •  30 double-layout themed pages = 60 page cuts
  •  10 mini albums themed/sized to cut with a button push
  •  Fonts, phrases, and seasonal or everyday images
  •  Template overlays for both full and partial layout sizes OR use the crazy good options for painting or spray misting with templates, photo mats, and more
Are you ready to pre-order now?  Here is my offer for you.  You can place your pre-order through me for the August 1st debut date for Close To My Heart customers.  I will be giving you the benefit of FREE SHIPPING & FREE TAX if you place your pre-order by July 31st.  AND you can choose to get the added bonus of the scrumptious August Stamp of the Month FREE too!  Awesome!

Just use the BUY NOW link to get your Artbooking cartridge pre-ordered.   You are going to LOVE it!
 ***Pre-order offer has ended.  Thank you for checking out Artbooking on my website: ***

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Work the Workshop Canvas WOTG Special

You still have time to get this beautiful steal of a deal:  in July and/or while supplies last, you can purchase this divine Canvas Workshops on the Go kit for half-off the regular price.  So, for just $19.95 you get the incredible value of the supplies to make the canvas as shown plus an awesome stamp set and supplies to make another project or two.  There is no minimum purchase needed to get this special deal.  However, if you reach the $50 mark, you can add the lovely July Stamp of the Month for just $5.

Here is that set, Sweet Life:

Here is the art canvas that I made with my kit for my dear daughter, Rebekah's, recent birthday (please forgive the silly glitch that wants to turn it sideways despite my best efforts):

She really loved it!  I had a lot of fun making something like this just for her.

Then a couple of weeks after that I was inspired to use the leftover supplies from her gift, plus a blank art canvas we had in our art supplies, to create this gift for my husband on our 25th wedding anniversary:
Talk about an amazing value, right?!?

Order your own Art Canvas Workshops on the Go kit today before they are gone at:


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge Pre-Order HERE!!!

Is this not just adorable???  This sweet mini book is just a peek at the amazing possibilities coming your way in the unbelievable new Cricut cartridge bundle that becomes available to customers on August 1st.  It is the Artbooking Cricut cartridge exclusive to Close To My Heart.  The power of this cartridge is just phenomenal!  It offers you the ability to cut over 700 images.  Great, right?!?  But wait, that's just the tip of this creative iceberg!  You can also...wait for it...

CUT DOUBLE PAGE LAYOUTS!!! You heard me!  Revolutionary, right?!?

With CTMH's new Artbooking cartridge you will be able to cut 30 double layout templates and then GO WILD!  You can mix and match them and put your creative math to the test and see the combinations explode!  

Is that enough to have you screaming for your own cartridge?  LOL  Well, how about if you can make 10 beautiful, fun mini books with the touch of a key all perfectly sized?

What about fonts, phrases, seasonal images galore?!?

How does a template overlay for a calendar page sound?

Or, how about the possibilities available with the overlays you can cut?  Do you want to use the overlays on one project then the images on another?  How about using them for spraying templates?  What about painting projects with the overlays?  Now is your creative juices just sluicing?  Ha Ha Ha  Mine totally are!!!

Have you seen the hot trend of highlighting your photos with matting your photos?  Well, the Artbooking cartridge has photo mat options covered for you too!  Um, yep!  You heard it here!

PLUS, the Artbooking bundle comes with 3 D-sized My Acrylix stamp sets and 3 Dimensional Element chipboard that coordinate with the stamp sets too!

Are you ready to pre-order now?  Here is my offer for you.  You can place your pre-order through me for the August 1st debut date for Close To My Heart customers.  I will be giving you the benefit of FREE SHIPPING & FREE TAX if you place your pre-order by July 31st.

Just use the BUY NOW link to get your Artbooking cartridge pre-ordered.

***Pre-order offer has now ended.  Thanks for checking out the Artbooking cartridge on my website at: ***

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Gorgeous New Consultant Kit - Join My Close To My Heart Team for $49

Can you believe it is July already?  This summer seems to be flying faster than I remember in a while!  However, the fantastic news about July from Close To My Heart is that there is a stunning New Consultant Kit available NOW for only $49!  Woo Hoo!!!

Ta da!  This is a look at the Essentials Kit:

Wow, right?  This incredible value can be yours when you join my Love To Stamp Team with Close To My Heart today.  Click HERE to get started right away. 

You can join for the discount alone and be a consultant as your hobby.  You can work part-time and earn extra income for your family and your goals.  You can chose to be a business-building dynamo and work towards the incredible incentive trips that are offered.  Whatever your goals are you will start an amazing journey with a wonderfully supportive, stable company that still continues to amaze me with their innovations after my six years with Close To My Heart.

There is also the option to choose the Master New Consultant Kit, which includes the additional items shown below plus those shown in the Essentials Kit for a kit cost of just $99:
Once you sign up to join CTMH, you will have the special privilege of getting the fabulous new products from the upcoming Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book during the month of July for the consultant-only preview period! 

Yes, that includes the unbelievable brand new Artbooking Cricut cartridge bundle! 

You will have the ability to order some fabulous new items before others can.  I love that about my fun job with Close To My Heart!  LOL

I would love to help you get started and answer any questions you have.  My e-mail is:

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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