Saturday, February 6, 2016

Blog Hop: Share the Love

During this month, CTMH is Sharing the Love!  That is the love of a sweet smile!  Close To My Heart will also donate $7 USD of the proceeds from The Share the Love stamp set to Operation Smile™, an amazing organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world!  And you are here to see the fine talents of many different consultants who have created with this special stamp set.




If you have arrived here from Haley's Blog then you are on the right track.  When you have finished here, you are welcome to hop on over to Priscilla's Blog to see her creative work.  


Isn't this set adorable?  Am I the only one who starts singing the Adele song when I see that cute little "hello" speech bubble?

So I created a really fun project, inspired by Tina Lovell.  These 10 cards, 2 each of 5 designs fit perfectly in the Designer Creations cupcake box, with 10 3x3 envelopes and the cards peek out the window with a sweet peek.






As you can see I added a bit of the Cranberry Fundamental assortment to give them a little sparkle. 

Remember, this month, you can "Share the Love" and help create a smile!  Order the stamp set from your CTMH consultant or visit my website here. 

Hop on over to Priscilla's Blog now and see what sweet thing she has created. 

Smiles,
Michele

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

You could give someone a SMILE and change their life!




This month, by purchasing the "Share the Love" stamp set, filled with adorable icons and lovable sentiments, you will be supporting the mission of the Operation Smile.  Not only are you getting a high-quality, swoon-worthy stamp set but Close To My Heart will be donating $7 of the proceeds from this set to Operation Smile.  (Learn more about Operation Smile here.)




Thank you to: Tatiana, Stacey, Jan, Barb, Cindy, Shawn, Shelley, Linda, Jen, Christina and Karen for joining me for Bingo on Feb 1st. I had a great time crafting and calling numbers! "R-13"? And the purpose was to kick off my goal of raising enough money for one "SMILE" surgery for Operation Smile.
  • Q: What is the cost of one surgery?
    A: $240.
    Q: How much did we raise?
    A: $100
What a kick off!

Now you too can participate!  During this month, the Share the Love stamp set is available BUT you can also purchase the Animal Greetings stamp set (all year round) and CTMH will donate $7 of the proceeds of this set to Operation Smile as well.  

Or, you can also participate by rounding up your order total.  Your additional pennies will add up with others' pennies and together help bring a new smile to this world. 

To see artwork with the Share the Love stamp set, type #ctmhsharethelove into Instagram or Facebook.  If you create and post artwork, add this hashtag to your artwork to share with others. 

You can also donate directly to Operation Smile here.  

And you can shop for these stamp sets here. 

Finally, on February 7th, come right back here to see the Operation Smile Share the Love blog hop where consultants from all over will be posting their artwork and celebrating the work of Operation Smile. 

And here's a sneak peek for you! 

Thank you! 

Michele

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Stamp of the Month: Balloon Animal

Welcome to the stamp of the month blog hop.  Can you believe it is already February and we have a fun new stamp set to play with? 

You are going to love all the creative ideas you will see with these sweet stamps, Balloon Animals.  When I saw them, I knew they would be so much fun to play with.

If you have arrived here from Jacquelin's Blog, you are on the right track.  When you are finished here, you will hop right along to Jean's blog.  Now this is a great big circle so just keep on moving through and you will have at least 40 great ideas on what you can create with this stamp set. 

I thought these stamps went great with the Penelope paper packet featured in the Spring Expressions mini catalog that went live in January.  And they fit great with the cards that are created in the Workshops Your Way kit using the Little Critters stamp set.  So, I used the same card patterns, did a little rotating on some of the designs and created another set of cards with this set.  Here they are!





Now remember, hop on over to Jean's Blog and see what she has created with these Balloon Animals.  Remember, this set is only available through the month of February.  You can purchase this set from your Close to My Heart Consultant or, if you do not have a consultant, you can visit my website to purchase yours.  And when you have a $50 order, you get this set for just $5. 

Enjoy your creative time!
Michele

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Valentine, Techniques and Tutorials OH MY!

I have started thinking of Valentine treat and have been posting some on Instagram (follow me @ Evergreenmemories).  Here's a great video tutorial from Close to My Heart on creating a more masculine Valentine.  And Jill shares so many techniques using watercolors, watercolor pencils, sparkles, and stars. 





Enjoy! 

Michele

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop!

Did you know that CTMH has a new mini catalog full of wonderful, refreshing product?  If you missed that announcement, then you are in the right place to get an artwork preview!



Filled with fresh new paper and stamps bringing a bit of spring to your winter!  If you have arrived here from Kirsten's Blog then you are on the right track to hop through the consultant artwork from this featured catalog.  From here, you will hop on over to Jeanie's Blog.

I love everything about this book but I am choosing to share with you my paper pieced Spring Critters.


This technique is easy to do with our new thin cuts.  I stamped first on white paper and then again on the patterned paper.  I then used the thin cuts to cut out both images and used scissors to hand cut off the extra paper that I would use in the image.  So fun and easy.

I am new to thin cuts but I love that the CTMH cuts are packaged like our stamp sets; held on a magnetic sheet so they are easy to store and manage. 

To see more products from the Spring Seasonal Expressions, visit your consultants website.  If you do not have a consultant, you are welcome to shop with me. 

Now remember you will be hopping on over to visit Jeanie's Blog. 

Happy Stamping,
Michele