Monday, August 6, 2018

Here's to You Blog Hop

Welcome to another blog hop featuring the Here's to You workshop kit from Close to My Heart.





When I saw the colors and artwork featured in this kit, I am not gonna lie, I truly had a little gasp!  So beautiful!

If you have arrived here from Miss Carrie's Creation's blog, you are following right along.  When you are finished here, you will move on to Brenda's blog.

This kit includes 4 exclusive stamps sets that are perfect sentiments for weddings, anniversaries, and everyday celebrations.  You can purchase the kit with or without the rose embossing folder!  AND the best part is that Close to My Heart has created a Cricut Design Space file and detailed instructions so all you have to do is cut and create!



In addition to creating the cards with the kit, I knew that I was not going to create the 12 x 12 layout so I took the elements that I cut on the Cricut Design file and created an 8th card.


To create this card, I added 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch glacier piece for the back ground and then cut an additional Pacifica blue and vellum piece as shown and then added the "love" element and silver glitter pieces.  You will have plenty of pearls in your package to embellish as well.  

I also really love the sentiment stamp "sending you sunshine, laughter, and hugs" so I paired it with the August stamp of the month and created two double Z-fold cards.  





What will you create with the "gasp inspiring" kit?  Visit your consultant's website or if you do not have a Close to My Heart consultant, join me here to purchase your Here's to You kit.  

Now that you have spent some time here on my blog, remember to continue on to the next stop, Brenda's Blog.  

Enjoy!
Michele




Wednesday, August 1, 2018

For the Love of Crafting: August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the August stamp of the month blog hop.  I haven't participated for a few months as my business has taken me in a different direction but I am back and looking forward to participating again!

If you have arrived here from Miss Carrie's Creations, welcome.  You are traveling around a big circle of Close to My Heart consultants' blog, full of creative artwork for you.  When you have finished browsing here, you will travel on to Alayne's blog.


Now this stamp set is perfect for the crafter at heart.  The snarky sayings and cute camera and typewriter speak volumes to those who love their paper crafting.

I have created several cards with this set and this one if my favorite! 

This was my first one and I had the leftover stickers on my desk from the Central Park workshop so I popped them on for my sentiment.  (I didn't have 2 "L"s so I used "T"s and cut off the extra.)  I loved how this turned out but soon realized, if I am running out of letters so will you...Alphabet stamps to the rescue.  


So, I pulled out Simply Said, a brand new stamp set from the Holiday Seasonal Catalog coming in September and stamped my greeting!  I have several different alphabets and could use larger ones as well.  BUT I will never run out of letters when I use my stamps!



What do you like to use?  Stamps or stickers? 

This stamp of the month is only available during the month of August and with a minimum purchase, you can get it for just $5.  Visit your consultants website, or if you do not have a consultant, pop on over to my website and take a look!

Thanks for stopping by and now you will be moving on to Alayne's Blog

Craftiness in happiness!
Michele



Monday, July 16, 2018

Build a Banner and Basic Stamping

Did you see the the alphabet and number solos 
are back for this month only?  



I love having these letters and numbers in my collection because they are so easy to pull out and use for titles, banners and home decor...especially when I don't want to fire up the Cricut!  This is a home decor piece I made when they were originally released and it still sits in my window.



This is also a great time to brush up on your stamping skills by joining my Build a Banner workshop.  We will go back to the basics for those who are new to stamping or who haven't stamped in a few years.



During this workshop I will cover:

  • the care and keeping of your stamps
  • basic stamping techniques such as loading your stamp with ink for a crisp image every time
  • two easy and fun techniques that can add more color to a single image
  • preventing unwanted "ghost" marks

Can't join me in the studio?  I will be opening a virtual classroom and all the lessons will be recorded on video so you can watch, learn, try it and repeat as often as needed!

Workshop Details

Build a Banner    $5
July 18th 7 p.m. at the Rowley Residence
RSVP by July 17th
Choose the word for your banner

Can't make it?  Order your kit to go and join us in the virtual classroom to get all the tips, tricks and info needed to make your stamping spectacular. 

Don't forget that all stamps are Buy2 Get1 free for the month of July.  This includes the alphabet solos AND all the stamp sets in the Annual Inspirations catalog and Seasonal Expressions 2.  (Excludes hostess reward stamps, Operation Smile stamp set, and stamp of the month.)

Happy stamping,
Michele




Monday, July 2, 2018

Welcome to July!

This is the season of summer fun and vacations!  I hope you have some great plans to vacation and celebrate the summer season with family and friends.

Close to My Heart has some fresh new products and specials just for you during this summer month.

Stampaganza is Back


This sale on stamp sets is one that you have consistently loved over the years and during July,
BUY 2 get 1 free!  
Buy any two My Acrylix stamp sets at the full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value free! 

Choose from stamp sets in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions 2, PLUS the popular Solos number and letter stamp sets that we've brought back just for July! Solos stamp sets can also be purchased in two different bundles, one for letters and one for numbers, for even more savings! 




For my hostesses!  

When you host a party that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher (submitting your party order no later than August 6, 2018), you can choose three number Solos stamp sets, FREE.  I have space available for two more hostesses this month




For new consultants!

Anyone who becomes a Close To My Heart Consultant in July can choose three number Solos stamp sets, FREE. That’s up to a $29.85 value, totally free!  




To see all the stamp sets, head on over to my website here.

Watch for my "Build a Banner" workshop which you can participate in here at my studio or in the comfort of your own home in a virtual classroom!

Enjoy the summer days!
Michele


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

My Happy Place

Every year I take a trip to the Close to My Heart convention.  I spend that time relaxing a bit, connecting with friends I have met through the years and then filling my creative soul with inspiration. 

This year I am heading to Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, chosen specifically for this conference! 




Over the 16 years as a consultant, I have met many wonderful people who I look forward to reconnecting with during these times.  They have become friends that are family and we have shared many stories of adventure, travel, and offer one another encouragement and support in all the ways.


This is a great opportunity to connect and learn with my team.  They have been on this journey with me for many years and I appreciate the talent and gifts that each offer!  (And some are already there getting some play time in before the conference begins. 




I am so fortunate to work with a company that provides these opportunities of enrichment!  I will come home with my bucket filled and ideas overflowing, ready to share with you!

And...


looking forward to a little time by the pool today! 

Can't wait to share when I return. 

Michele.