Saturday, May 20, 2017

Seasonal Expressions II Blog Hop

It has arrived!  The Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions II is here and you are going to love the great papers, stamps and embellishments that have been added to the Close to My Heart product line.


There are 18 consultants participating in this blog hop so you are bound to be fully inspired to create from this new addition!  If you have arrived here from Judy's Blog, you are moving through the circle.  Enjoy what you see here and then you will travel on to Krista's Blog.  If you are like me, you will likely travel through the hop a couple of times, making a wish list and then placing an order so you can create some beautiful cards and layouts.

I did a little poll with my customers to see what was their favorite new paper packet from the Seasonal Expressions...and although I didn't run the stats, I would say, that picking a favorite was inconclusive because they loved them ALL!

So today I will share a bit from three of the four new paper kits to whet your appetite.

 Little Dreamer

 Jack

 Prickly Pear

The final paper pack is No Worries, a fun in the sun, beach kind of wonderful!  Great for all your vacation photos from the tropical sandy shores.  

Below I have a collage of all the different papers with some artwork from the CTMH artists.  


 This is just the tip of the iceberg.  Remember the Seasonal Expressions II catalog is available through August 31st, 2017.  You can get a catalog through your Close to My Heart consultant or if you do not have a consultant, you are welcome to contact me and shop on my website.  I would love to help you! 

Now it is time to continue on to Krista's Blog and see what she has created. 

Enjoy your tour and happy papercrafting to you!

Michele






Wednesday, May 10, 2017

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop

Happy National Scrapbooking Month!  


 Close to My Heart has so many wonderful products to share with you!  Whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker, or paper crafter, there is something for you!  If you want to create with your own ideas or put together a scrapbook quickly, there is something for you! 

This blog hop will show you all the possibilities.  If you have arrived here from Judy's Blog, welcome!  I hope you enjoyed her artwork.  After visiting here, you will move on to Sheila's Blog to see what she has created.  Will it be scrapbook pages?  Cards?  Or some other paper craft? 

 Personally, I have not stopped creating with this paper packet.  As a consultant I have had it for a couple of months and I have been inspired to create since it arrived!

Because it is National Scrapbook Month, I will share the scrapbook pages I have created with the paper packet.  The pack contains 16 sheets; 2 each of 6 double-sided designs and 2 each of single-sided gold foil designs.  And each sheet has a coordinating zip strip for easy borders and embellishments.

 Using the paper pack and adding the You and Me complements and cardstock, I created these double page layouts.  AND, I have a cutting guide to share with you when you purchase this paper.  (Actually, CTMH provides cutting guides from company and consultant created artwork that we can share with you.  Such a great perk!)





Inspired by Jennifer Smith
 This one is perfect for my daughter's prom photos from last weekend.  Can't wait to get them printed.  

You can purchase this paper packet from your consultant or if you do not have a consultant, you are welcome to shop on my website.  Here's the supplies I used in addition to the paper packet to create these layouts. 

Live Beautifully Paper CC1212B
You and Me Complements Z3269

Thistle Cardstock  X5769
Black Cardstock 1386
Whisper Cardstock X5929

Flower Market Cricut Bundle Z3285

I have created so much more and will be sharing these on my blog and Facebook page throughout the month.  But now it is time to move on to Sheila's Blog and see what she has created. 

Thank you for stopping in and enjoy scrapbooking some special memories this month.
Michele

Monday, May 1, 2017

Blog Hop: Live, Laugh, Love

Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  You will see many new and exciting things because today is also the first day the Seasonal Expressions II!  Play a little "eye spy" as you go along and see how many new products you see!



If you have arrived here from Tracie's Blog, you are continuing through the circle of the 26 consultants who will be sharing artwork with you!  From here, you will move to Sheila's Blog and view her beautiful artwork. 

Now for what I have created.  The Live, Laugh, Love set is sure to be a fun addition to your stamp set collection.   I am secretly hoping that there will be an entire alphabet done in this style! 

This past month I have been using my reinkers and creating with different techniques.  This card was created using the "puddle pad" technique.  I used a piece of felt, made stripes with different reinkers to get a rainbow effect on the stamp. 



I also used it for the flowers and leaves and added it to the card for embellishment.  One thing leads to another and the next card because a little "garden" of rainbow flowers. 


The embellishments include Little Dreamer Glitter gems (Z3321) and the cloud paper is all shimmered up with the clear shimmer brush (Z3293). 

And are you ready for it?  The paper I used was from the "Little Dreamer" paper packet from the Seasonal Expressions II. 

So much fun!  You can purchase this stamp set for $5 with a qualifying order or $17.95.  Visit your consultants website or if you do not have a consultant, I would be happy to help you.  My website is here.  

Now remember you will be traveling on to Sheila's blog from here. 

Happy Hopping,
Michele


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