Friday, January 6, 2017

Blog Hop: Seasonal Expressions !

Seasonal Expression I is here and it is full of so many sweet products.

Throughout this hop, you are going to see fabulous artwork created by consultants who have had their hands on this new product since December 4th (one of the benefits of being a consultant!).  If you have arrived here from Alyson's Blog, you are on the right track.  After your visit here, you will hop on over to Tamytha's Blog to see what she has done with her new product. 


Today, I am going to feature the new paper packet called Sugar Rush.  Each month I do a scrapbook workshop and my customers like to use as much of the paper packet they can to create fun layouts. 

Remember, I said "sweet" products?  Well this is one of the sweetest!  I have two girls so pink is always an acceptable color but many of my customers have boys, like 3 or 4 boys, and no girls!  So I am often challenged to "hide" this pink and create layouts that can be used for different themes.  


The seaglass color was a hit for me.  You don't have to add flowers or hearts and the hand drawn heart could easliy be a circle and you have a layout suitable for any treasured memories. I will be featuring more of my Sugar Rush layouts on my blog over this month so make sure to sign up to receive it in your inbox.  

Here's a closer look at the Sugar Rush papers and complements.  



There's lots more to see on this blog hop but before you go, remember these products can be purchased on your consultants website and if you do not have a Close to My Heart consultant, or want to sign up to become one (so you can get new product early), you are welcome to contact me or visit my website.  Now from here, hop on over to Tamytha's Blog.  

Thanks for hopping by.
Michele


Monday, January 2, 2017

National Paper Crafting Month is Here!

Do you feel like you home is a little "bare" after all the holiday decorations come down?  Add a some fresh decor with the beautiful wreath. 


Every January, CTMH celebrates National Papercrafting Month as a way of acknowledging the pure joy of playing with paper! We scrapbook with it, we make cards with it, we decorate with it—in short, we craft with it!

This January, we’ll be celebrating the joys of paper-crafted home décor with the beautiful Welcome Home wreath kit.  This kit comes with pre-cut pieces you can simply pop out and attach to the sturdy chipboard wreath base, making a welcoming décor piece for your home.



 Here are all the ways you can get the wreath kit! 

Consultants and customers: Purchase the Welcome Home wreath kit outright for $18.95 with no qualifying purchase, OR earn it FREE with a qualifying $60 purchase. 

Hostesses: Earn a FREE Welcome Home wreath kit when you host a Gathering that reaches the second level of Hostess Rewards. 

New Consultants: Receive a FREE Welcome Home wreath kit in your New Consultant Kit when you sign up to become a new Consultant in January. 

Visit my website or contact me to get your wreath now!  Don't let your walls feel bare after the holidays!  

If you are local, I will be hosting a workshop on Saturday Jan 28th, 10 a.m. where you can assemble your wreath and share my supplies add details as you like.

Look for tips and tricks for your wreath assembly in future posts.

Let's celebrate paper!
Michele




Sunday, January 1, 2017

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Adore You

Happy New Year!  Here's to creative inspiration for you and your friends!  The new month also brings with it a new Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart and beautiful as well.



Participating in a blog hop is an opportunity to see artwork from several consultants and be inspired.  If you have arrived here from Melissa' Blog, you are continuing through the circle.  After you have finished here, you will continue on to Melinda's Blog



"Adore You" is timed perfectly so you can start working on Valentine paper crafts.  I pulled out my watercolors and markers and started playing.  Here are two of the cards I created. 



Visit your consultant's website to purchase the stamp of the month or, if you do not have a consultant, you can shop on my website

And remember when you are ready to more artwork, you will be moving to Melinda's Blog.

Happy New Year,
Michele




Monday, December 26, 2016

Boxing Week Specials

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. 






Close to My Heart is celebrating Boxing Week with four days of different deals where you'll save 50% on select items. The fun starts at 2:00 pm (PST) on Monday, December 26, with a selection of deals that will last until 1:59 pm (PST) on Tuesday. Then, a whole new set of deals will begin!

Check every day from Monday through Thursday at 3:00 pm (MST) to get a jump start on each day's sale ! These deals are only available on my website while supplies last, so be sure to shop early!

At the beginning of the sale, visit my website and click on Promotions to see each day's deals. Happy shopping!

Michele

Friday, December 16, 2016

Flower Market Key 48 Brings Christmas Delight

Welcome!  And Holiday Wishes to You!

I created these cards which featured in my newsletter and the CTMH video I shared on this post

 

Here are some of the details that you might not "see" in the photo and how I made them. 
(You can also click on the photo to see it larger.)


From left to right:  
Card 1.  The top of the card is a piece of white cardstock, dry embossed the with snowflake embossing folder.  This folder retires on December 31st.  With the card folded shut, I used my small hole punch to create a notch and then a second one on the right side (just through the top layer) so I could secure the twine without glue. 

Card 2.  I also dry embossed the wood paper with the snowflake embossing folder and then carefully ran my white daisy ink pad over the paper to enhance their details.  I did heat set the ink...because I am impatient and didn't want to "wait" for it to dry before I continued my project.  I also added whisper gray sponging to the jar edges and then used my Warm Grey 4 Shin Han marker on the left side, carefully outing on the edge and creating a shadow on the lower left.  I then used the colorless blender to soften the ink.  Instead of using the ribbon that cuts with the jar, I added the white and gold twine.  To add a bit more shimmer, I dabbed my Shimmer Brush on each of the berries.  

Card 3.  Finally, this card is inspired by the layout that is shown in the video.  On the design space file, you will see that I have created the layout and the card for you to cut.  I couldn't let a good inspiration fall to the wayside!  The pattern is a reversed and of course the elements are smaller.  I used foam tape under the bow and for that bit of sparkle, yes you guessed it...Shimmer Brush.  I added mini sparkles too.  I just love the wood veneer trees from the Oh Deer assortment.  These too will be retiring Dec 31st so I may need to stock up for some summer outdoor layouts as well.  

Hope you have enjoyed this post and have had a chance to take a look at my newsletter.  I have started a new section call "Inspiration Corner" and hope to include creative ideas for in upcoming editions.  

Happy Holidays!
Michele