Sunday, April 16, 2017

Blog Hop: Cardmaking WYW

Close to My Heart makes wonderful card kits that make creating special handmade greetings easy.  Welcome to our blog hop featuring the two kits still available in the Seasonal Expressions.


If you have arrived here from Krista's Blog, you are continuing the big circle of fabulous artwork.  From here, to continue, you will move on to Kathy's Blog

Now for more info on our kits.  Each kit comes with a stamp set, paper for two different card designs, card bases and the embellishments.  When you purchase a kit, you can access a downloadable guide that gives the cutting dimensions and assembly instructions.  Add you own inks, blocks and paper trimmer and you have a kit to go.

The kit I chose to feature is the Here for you Kit.  I love the sentiments and the sweet whimsical flowers.



After using the papers in the kit, you can use the stamp set to create similar cards with papers you choose. Here's what I came up with. 

I paired the whimsical flowers with the bold flowers of a paper packet coming your way for National Scrapbook Month in May!  Yes, this is a sneak peek of Live Beautifully! (Watch for more on that to come in future posts.)

The workshop your way kits in the Seasonal Expressions will be available while supplies last.  You can contact your consultant or visit my website and look under "kits".  

Now I hope you will continue on to visit Kathy's Blog and enjoy the rest of the artwork featuring these card kits.

Happy Stamping,
Michele

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Just a little imagination...

and creativity and you change a "baby" layout into senior celebration or even the beach! 


Yes, I am still playing with the Cut Above kits and today I am featuring the "Little One" kit. 

Remember, these kits are just $7.48 during the month of April.  


I just love the sea glass color scheme in this kit and found that it went perfectly with the colors in my younger daughter's senior photos. 
Stamping was added to change the title but I could have used the "Little One" as she is our youngest.  Not sure how she would feel about that. 
 I used the pocket pages that come with the kit for other photos.  And I dressed it up a bit with some Aqua Shimmer Trim. 

These kits will save you time, there is no cutting, work for multiple occasions, AND they make handmade easy.  Order yours today

Finally, here's one for the beach...still waiting to print the photos but you can imagine what your beach photos might look like on this layout. 

Happy Scrapbooking,
Michele

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Why is April a great month to become a consultant?


APRIL IS THE BEST MONTH TO SIGN UP AS A CTMH CONSULTANT, AND HERE'S WHY ...
- Everyone who signs up in April will be a consultant receiving a minimum of a 22% discount at least until the end of September (the usual 6 months). Of course you will want to stay past that (and it's easy to do!), but that much is guaranteed.

- Anyone who signs up in April can order from FIVE different idea books in that time frame. There will be two annual catalogs and three seasonal mini-catalogs available from April to September (last month of Expressions 1, Expressions 2, Holiday Expressions, 2016-17 Annual Idea Book and 2017-18 Annual Idea Book!).

- New consultants get to start ordering from the new product in Expressions 2 at a discount in April vs. waiting until May and paying full price as a customer.



-New consultants get to start ordering Live Beautifully items NOW.

- Consultants who sign up in April get a FREE Cut Above kit of their choice.


- Consultants who sign up in April still have an opportunity to sign up for convention (registration closes April 30).



- Consultants who sign up in April get Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogs in their kit. This gives them an opportunity to get people excited about the May product release...BECAUSE, in May, when a hostess submits $350 in orders she gets a FREE Live Beautifully Cut Above kit. More FREEEEEEEEE stuff. Not to mention that at that level of sales there's one half priced item and $60 in FREE product. There's also $5 put in the New Consultant's SPC "bank account" when you reach $350 in sales (and it goes up to $25 at $400!). Did you know that Consultants can also be hostesses? SCORE!

-Consultants who sign up in April give themselves the BEST chance at a really strong start with many excited hostesses for gatherings in May because of the May specials! You have April to book up that calendar for May and insure GREAT sales, which equals a GREAT start and Straight to the Top Rewards. 


If you have ever thought about becoming a consultant, let's get together and chat.  I would love to have you join my team. 

Michele

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Scrapbook 15 minute solution

Is it really possible to create a scrapbook layout in 15 minutes?  Have you heard of Cut Above Layouts?

Cut Above layout kits make memory keeping easy, without sacrificing beauty.  Each kit comes with the materials to make a two page scrapbooking layout, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, Memory Protectors and instructions.  They also include 12 coordinating pocket cards and two pocket-style Memory Protectors for adding even more photos. 

What could be better?  They are half price this month!  

Here I started with the Forever and Always Kit and created two layouts celebrating my daughter's senior year.  (Time to get those photos in the scrapbook since she is a junior in college now!)


You can see in the top photo, what CTMH created as a wedding layout, with just a couple of changes because I had larger photos, I was able to create the same layout of my daughter. 
 Since I had a few more photos that were also 5 x 7, I pulled paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals, used the 4 x 6 pocket cards and some scraps of cardstock to finish off the event. 

I will admit, that it did take me more than 15 minutes...because I had to alter a bit but I was finished with the two layouts in under an hour. 

You can purchase these kits on my website or by contacting me.  During the month of April, they are $7.48.  That's LOTS of photos and memory keeping for a steal of a deal! 

If you would like to see more ideas for these kits, visit the Close to My Heart Blog here.  

Michele



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Blog Hop: April Stamp of the month Flock Together


Welcome to the April stamp of the month blog hop!  I hope you are enjoying the wonderful artwork created by the participating consultants.  If you have arrived here from Tracey's Blog, you are traveling right along.  After visiting here, you will be moving along to  Gina's Blog.


This set of sweet quail are a fun little flock of to create with.


 My first card was inspired by a card that I saw at a team meeting that was held last weekend.  I am not sure of the creator but I loved the inspiration! 


 This second card was inspired by a set of old grade school alphabet flash cards.  Remember those?  I thought this was a fun rendition and could be used for any occasion.  I have a good friend with a last name that starts with Q so this might just be for her! 

Remember, this set is only available during the month of April and just $5 with a qualifying purchase.  Visit your consultants website or if you do not have a consultant, you can shop on my website here.

You can see all the specials for the month of April here under promotions.   Remember you will now be traveling on to Gina's Blog to see her cute quail! 

I hope you are having a wonderful spring and enjoy some quail in your creative endeavors.

Michele

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Blog Hop: Thin Cuts

Woo Hoo!  Close to My Heart has a great sale going on right now!  All  thin cuts or stamp set, thin cut combos are 25% off! 


You are at a stop on a big circle of blogs that will feature amazing artwork using the CTMH thin cut products!  Now if you have arrived here from Krista's blog, then you have seen some fabulous artwork and are on the right track.  Next you will be traveling on to Gina's Blog to see her wonderful creations.  But first...take a look!

The set I chose to create with was the Dreamin' Big card making stamps and coordinating thin cuts. 

Bringing a playful childhood past time to mind, I captured these sweet little butterflies in a Mason jar. 



When working with the thin cuts, you can pre- cut your images and then stamp on them because the stamps and blocks are clear and you can align them perfectly.   OR you can stamp on your cardstock, place your thin cut over the image, adhere gently with a piece of washi tape (another great use for the stash of washi tape you have), and then cut them.  Good bye fussy cutting!  Perfect outlines every time. 

Now this is not the only set that is on sale this month.  To see the other sets that qualify for the 25% discount, visit your consultant's website or if you don't have a consultant, stop by my website here.  And remember when you make a purchase of $50, you can get the cutest tea cup stamp set for $5.  This all only in March. 

Remember to move along to Gina's Blog to see what she has created!  Thanks for stopping in. 

Michele

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Blog Hop: March Stamp of the Month Tea-rrific

Keep on steeping!  You are going to love this stamp of the month!  For the tea enthusiast, this is an adorable set to add to your stamp images.  For everyone else...it is still adorable! 


The blog hop is a big circle with stops at 30 different consultant websites.  If you have arrived here from Gina's Blog, you are continuing through the circle.  After you have viewed my artwork, you will be hopping over to Tammy's Blog.  And if for some reason you get lost along the way, you can find the list of all participants on Melinda's Blog


Were tea parties a part of your childhood?  This set brings back so many fond memories of little cups of tea with my girls and their dolls. It also reminds me of Mary Engelbreit so her artwork was the inspiration for the color scheme I chose for my "tea party".




I paired the stamp with Dreamin' Big Paper packet, Black cardstock, and Black shimmer trim.  I used the Shin Han markers to color the tea cups:  Carmine, Warm Grey 4, Vivid Green, Golden Yellow.

The Cricut cut is from the Flower Market cartridge size 3".

This stamp set is available for $5 with a $50 purchase and can be ordered on your consultants website.  You can also purchase for $17.95.  If you do not have a consultant with Close to My Heart, I am happy to help you or you are welcome to purchase from my website.

I will be using this stamp set through out the month of March in my workshops and gatherings.  Follow my Facebook page to see more artwork in the future.

Now remember to continue on in the circle to Tammy's Blog.

Enjoy a cup of tea!
Michele

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hello Lovely Card and Scrapbook Workshops

Spring is in the air...especially when you open the Seasonal Expressions catalog.  The Hello Lovely paper packet breaths just a bit of spring into my cloudy rainy day.  During the month of March, I will be featuring this paper packet in my workshops.


Beginning with the Workshop Your Way kit and inspiration from Tina Lovell and Laura Ryan, I created three double page layouts.







This workshop can be purchased on my website.  You can download a guide to create the pages made by the CTMH art department.  Or, if you would like to attend one of my workshops, visit EVENTS on my Facebook page.

These papers also make beautiful cards.  With the help of Lisa Stenz, another talented consultant, I am able to offer this card workshop.   You can see the details in the EVENTS.






Looking forward to creating with you soon.
Michele

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blog Hop: Fundamentals Creative Collections

We all love the new Seasonal Expression idea book but don't forget the wonderful Fundamental collections in the Annual Idea book.  If you haven't browsed through it in a while, you will be looking through it after you enjoy this blog hop.

If you have come here from Terrie's Blog, you are on the right track.  To continue through the big circle of blogs, your next stop is at Tracie's Blog.  And, if you get lost along the way, you can see the full list here on Melinda's Blog

The great thing about the Fundamental line of paper is that they are also FLEXIBLE.  This layout was created by CTMH's own art studio for our Team Builder's Event last month.

 The Rustic Home Fundamental kit is given a pop of color using the Raspberry Heart paper from the Adventure Fundamental. 

The base of the page is white card stock with a splatter of yellow water color paint

The title is stamped using the Framework Alphabet.  I love using the watercolor paints to fill in the letters.

This bright Cheery page is perfect for any celebration!  I  used the new "My Girl" complements in the Spring Seasonal Expressions to add dimension and embellish the pages. 

I love how this page turned out and am looking forward to adding a photo of my daughter and her friends. 

What would your title be? 

Thanks again for stopping by on the blog hop.  Remember you will now be traveling to Tracie's Blog to see what she has created. 

Michele

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sweet Sale

Happy Valentines Day!

In celebration of the sweetest holiday of the year, Close to My Heart is holding a one-day flash sale on my website—we’re calling it our Sweet Sale! Get a 30% discount on selected products from Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 1.



This Sweet Sale starts February 14 at 3:00 pm MST (2:00 pm PST; 4:00 pm CST; 5:00 pm EST) and will end at that same time on February 15.

Sale prices are only available on orders placed ton my website during these times. All discounted items ordered as part of this sale count towards Stamp of the Month (the cutest bunny) and Hostess Rewards qualifying order totals.

As usual with discounted items, shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of sale items.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February SOTM Blog Hop: Easter Bunny

Welcome everyone!  It is February.  The hope of spring is here!  I know, we have a few more wintry days to get through but some of this creative inspiration should help you along!


It doesn't matter where you started as the blog hop is one big circle.  If you have arrived here from Judy's Blog, you are hopping in the right direction.  When you have finished here, you will hop on over to Tamytha's Blog.   And if perhaps you get lost along the way, you can visit Melinda's Blog where she has a list of all the consultants who are participating. 

Our stamp of the month blog hop features this cute little bunny family with a selection of Easter greetings.

Since it is February and Valentine's was on my mind, I created a Valentine or "any-tine" card for that someone special.



I used the Hello Lovely Worskhop Your Way contents along with the new Gold Shimmer pen.  I colored the bunny with our collection of Shin Han markers.


All of these items are available on your consultant's website, along with the stamp of the month which is $5 with a $50 purchase or $17.95.   If you are looking for a Close to My Heart consultant, I would be happy to help you and you are welcome to contact me or shop directly on my website here.

Now don't forget that you will be hopping over to visit Tamytha's Blog next.

Michele