Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tried this pin?

Have you seen the button on Pinterest that let's you share if you have tried one of posts and how it went?  Well this is a story of "trying" an idea from the Close to My Heart Facebook page and they aced it!

My friend and customer Gail, along with her daughter Kelly saw the post and decided to give it a try!  They then posted the results which were stunning!  Don't you love it when it works? 




Here's how to make these:
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1. Spray paint pumpkins white, or use ghost pumpkins. 
2. Stamp & emboss on white tissue paper- (we used silver & gold embossing powder with our 'Falling For You' stamp set).
3. Cut the image out - the less tissue paper along the edges, the better.
4. Mod Podge image onto the tops of your pumpkins & let dry! Simple, fun, fabulous!😘

And here are the results in Gail's home!





Absolutely beautiful!  What crafty idea have you tried lately?  I would love to see what you have made! 



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Holiday Card Classes

Yes, with fall comes holiday crafting for those of us who like to add handmade touches to our festivities.  I have two classes coming up that offer opportunities for you to create your holiday cards.

November 3rd 7 p.m.  OR  November 4th 10 a.m.

$25 to create 10 cards, 2 each of 5 different designs. RSVP for your class space or a kit to go by October 30th. Classes in Bothell WA.




November 18th or December 9th at 3 p.m.  

Create 2 cards, two large tags and 8 gift tags for $20.  RSVP for classes two weeks prior to date.  Classes at A Little Knitty 218 E Main St, Auburn, WA 









Are you getting ready for the holidays?  

Michele

Monday, October 16, 2017

Blog Hop: Share A Smile

This month Close to My Heart is hard at work increasing awareness and raising funds for Operation Smile.  In support of this effort, they have created a special set of die cuts to go with our Punny Pals stamp set and an easy to make card kit!  Welcome to the blog hop featuring these products!



If you have arrived here from Alyson's Blog, you are on track to continue a large circle of blogs featuring artwork creating using the products on special this month.  I have some artwork to share with you here and then you will move on to Gina's Blog

This set of little animal characters and their punny sayings are great for a variety of different greetings. 

Here I created a birthday card for my sister who is a lover of all things green and especially frogs. 


For this card I tried the partial die cut technique that was recently featured on the Make it from Your Heart blog.  With the detailed instructions, this was an easy technique to do.  


And then I couldn't ignore this puppy!  I added him to a tag from the stamp set "The Thought That Counts" (C1692) which has some fun, snarky messages for holiday gifts.  His little guys goes perfectly.   

With every sale of the Punny Pals stamp set, $7 goes to Operation Smile.  It takes $240 for a surgery that can change the life potential of one child.  You can also donate by "rounding up" on your Close to My Heart orders and during October, Close to My Heart is matching the donations up to $10,000.

AND, when you participate in the Share a Smile promotion by purchasing any of these special items or rounding up your order, you will automatically qualify for a chance to win a not-yet-released stamp set from our upcoming 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book!  Close to My Heart will be choosing winners throughout the month of October, so any time you place an order, you can be a winner! 

 The following are the thin cut set and the card set that compliment the Punny Pal stamp set.




If you would like to support Operation Smile AND have a super cute stamp set with a fast, simple and easy card kit, visit your consultants website!  If you do not have a CTMH consultant, I would be happy to help you.  Visit my website here for all the details about the special or contact me personally. 

Now remember your won't want to miss the artwork shared by the other consultants so travel on to Gina's Blog and see her inspirational work. 

Share a smile today!
Michele

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Blog Hop: October SOTM Christmas Tunes

Welcome to Fall and the October Stamp of the Month blog hop.  If you are a crafter, the fall season also ushers in holiday crafting and Close to My Heart has a perfect stamp set to get you started on cards, tags, scrapbook pages or even gifts. 

 If you have arrived here from Krista's Blog, you are continuing on the big circle of ideas using this stamp set.  After you have visited here, you will continue on to Carol's Blog


This set features songs that you will hear through out the holiday season.  And while you have those tunes going through your head, you can sit down and create some fun cards! 




 I used our silver metallic paper and clear shimmer pen to add sparkle to these cards.  I also love the tree line die cut and will be using that for many creative sessions to come.  It fits so well with the "Evergreen Memories" theme. 

The Christmas Tunes stamp set is available only during the month of October and you can purchase it at a deep discount when you have a $50.  Take some time to plan out some holiday crafts, Make a list of items you need to complete them, visit your consultant's website, and add it to your cart!  If you do not have a consultant you are welcome to shop with me at MRowley.ClosetoMyHeart.com

Now to see more artwork using the Christmas Tunes stamp set, hop on over to Carol's Blog and then keep hopping through to fill your pinterest board with great ideas and inspiration!

Happy Hopping,
Michele






Friday, September 22, 2017

Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Expressions blog hop!  This "little" catalog is full of all your paper crafting needs for the upcoming season! 

If you have arrived here from Wendy's Blog, you are on course to travel through several blogs and see wonderful artwork!  After you have spent time here, you will move on to Krista's Blog to see what she has chosen to create from the products available in this catalog. 

For this blog hop, I have chosen to feature the Cut Above Merry Everything Tag Kit.  This kit is versatile and can be used in any season.  The gold and silver embossing brings sparkle to any project.  And those bows....so pretty! 




As a stand alone kit, you can add a special touch to the holiday gifts your exchange but that is not all!  These tags can be added to cards and scrapbook pages to create a beautiful layout.  I have used the Beary Christmas paper and done a layout with a set of tags and one with just one tag as a small embellishment.  I think you will agree that it really creates a sparkle and depth to the layout.

Layout with just one tag.

Layout with three additional tags, a bit more bling and a glitter paper title cut on the cricut. What a difference a bit of shine can make!

You can add these tags to cards as well and create an extra special greeting to share with friends and family.   I used the Beary Christmas Workshop Your Way kit and added tags to enhance the focal point as well as a bit more bling to brighten it up!  What do you think?  
 

 


You can shop for these products on your consultant's website and if you do not have a consultant, you are welcome to shop on my website.  Don't forget to add the tags to your cart, you are going to want them for all your holiday creating and even beyond!  

Now remember it is time to travel on to Krista's blog and see what she has created!  I hope you enjoy the upcoming seasons and holidays!

Michele


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

September is National Stamping Month and Close to My Heart has created a kit to celebrate! 


 Several consultants have put together a blog hop to show you how you can create these wonderful pop-up cards that share greetings for many different occasions.  If you have come here from Wendy's Blog, welcome.  You are on the right track to continue the inspirational journey!  From here you will travel on to Vickie's Blog where she will share her artwork. 

The exclusive From the Heart card kit contains an E-size stamp set as well as materials and instructions for creating 12 interactive cards with detailed stamping. Individual components of the card kit are available at retail price, but you save 20% when you purchase them as part of the kit!



As you can see from above, the stamp set creates a stunning floral bouquet with coordinating sentiments.   Now I couldn't stop there, so I purchased a second set of cards and started creating with new stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions catalog. 


This is a watercolor floral bouquet using the Many Congratulations C1693 stamp set.  Simple yet elegant. 



And then I could help but to dive into the holidays a bit as well.  You can see that I even added a bit of the paper from the Silver and Gold paper collection and used the Beary Christmas-Card Making stamp set C1691. 

This Make it From Your Heart card kit is only available through September, Nat'l Stamping month, while supplies last.  Connect with your consultant or contact me to get your kit.  Or you can just shop on my website directly. 

Now it is time to move on to Vickie's Blog and enjoy her artwork.

Happy Nat'l Stamping Month

Michele




Friday, September 1, 2017

SOTM Blog Hop: Feel So Blessed

I am back!  I took a little break from my blog this summer but I am ready to share some wonderful artwork with you and no better way to start than with the stamp of the month! 

If you have arrived here from Wendy's Blog, you are on the road to viewing artwork from 25 consultants.  After you time here, you will move on to Vickie's Blog

I used the fun stamp set to create 3 cards of a similar color scheme.  I chose our new Heather gray color along with glacier and sweet leaf. 




I also used on of my new favorite stamp sets from the new Annual Inspirations called Splash of Color.  I love the depth of detail in the "splotches" of different sizes.  It creates a great background texture or adds little pops of texture for your card.  In contrast to the splashes of color, I used the bitty clear sparkles! 

Although this stamp set has a Fall feel to it, it is very versatile for many different themes. 


Remember, this stamp set is available only during the month of September and you can purchase for $5 with a $50 order.  Contact your consultant or visit my website to make your purchase. 

From here, you will travel on to Vickie's blog  to view her beautiful artwork.  Thanks for visiting and come back soon to see more artwork. 

Michele



Saturday, July 1, 2017

July SOTM Blog Hop: Storybook Alphabet


Thank you for joining us for the July Stamp of the Month blog hop.  If you have come here from Judy Faye's Blog, you are participating in a great big circle of artwork featuring this fun alphabet.  After your visit here, you will continue through the circle by visiting Miss Carries' Creations.


This stamp set is perfect for personalizing gifts for friends and family.  In anticipation of attending the Close to My Heart convention this week, I made some gifts for my team members who were joining me.


I used the back side of the stamps from different circle images to create a matching heart to the convention logo.  I love being able to use my stamps to create and personalize gifts.

This stamp set is available only during the month of July and can be purchased on your consultant's website.  If you do not have a Close to My Heart consultant, you are welcome to purchase from my website.

I will be at convention when this post goes live.  (Don't you love technology?)  I can't wait to share what I have learned when I return home.

Now it is time to move on to Miss Carrie's Creations.

I hope you find inspiration on using this stamp of the month for July.

Michele