Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Workshop and Gathering Calendar for February

February 2013

School Day Crop and "Flirty" Scrapbooking workshop:  Friday February 1st 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Stop by and enjoy some creative time with friends.  You are welcome to join us at noon and I will also help with the "Whoo's Your Valentine" kit.  

Subway Art cards:  Card Cafe Tuesday February 5th, 7:00 p.m.

Come create a couple of special Valentine's cards using the "Whooo's Your Valentine" stamp set included in the special paper crafting kit in January.  Then add a couple of all occasion cards for a total of 5 cards for $15.  I will be showing you how to use the "subway art" technique with My Acrylix stamps.  So much fun and the possibilities are endless!  RSVP by January 15th please.

Private Class:  Friday, Feb 8th 6 p.m.  Nancy is hosting a kids Valentine class.  We will create a Valentine for the teacher and 4 mini Valentines for special friends.  The "Whooo's Your Valentine" is perfect for this!  Host a kid class today!  I have a variety of projects available.   Contact me for a date.   

Private Class:  Saturday Feb 9th 6 p.m.   

I will be meeting with  Rachel and her friends.  I am looking forward to showing them some special features of the Cricut, how to coordinate Cricut cuts with stamping and other tips!  Maybe even add a little bling with glitter paper.  You can host your own class.  Contact me to set you date!

Sunday February 10th 2 p.m.

I have this time set aside for a workshop or gathering with you and your friends.  Contact me today to reserve and plan your project!  

Card Class At Sultan Senior Center, Tuesday February 12th Sultan WA

Yes, I do drive to Sultan once a month to meet with this wonderful group of ladies (so far no men have joined us but it is open!) We stamp, chat, and even enjoy a warm meal together ($5 for 3 cards and $5 for lunch). It is open to don't have to be a senior. And, I have room to transport people from the Bothell area who want to join us! Contact me by January 11th  if you want to join us.

Card Cafe:  Thursday February 28th 7 p.m.

This month we will create with the new paper packet "Claire".  I have been working with this paper since it first came out and love the bright flowers (especially on a gray winter day).  We will create 5 cards for $15.  Please RSVP by the 21st so I can prepare your workshop for you. 

Just BEEcause and Half Price Cricut Bundle

A little “pun fun” and a swing card to share today.  This is created with paper from the retire paper pack Mayberry.  I colored this little bug with our alcohol markers and added a little Stardust glitter gel to his wings for some sparkle. 

The card is cut on the Cricut and all you have to do is fold (the Cricut even makes score marks for easy folding) and decorate with you favorite paper and stamps. 

Have you got the Artiste Cricut Cartridge bundle?  Did you know you can get is for half price?  If you don’t have yours and you want it for half price, ask me how!



The Cricut Bundle includes

1-Cricut cartridge with 700 images

3 -“D” size stamp sets with coordinating images

3- sets of chipboard shapes that also coordinate with Cricut cuts

Buy it for $99 OR get it for half price.  Ask me how!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Amazing Monograms

Using one sheet of pattern paper, Perfect Fit Frames and a Monogram, you can create this personal set of cards.  Want to hang out with your friends and get creative?  Ask me about a monogram class. 






Friday, January 25, 2013

I <Heart> You! & Upcoming Workshop

UPDATE:  This Class Has Been Rescheduled for Tuesday February 5th.  RSVP by February 4th!

This card is made from the stamp set in the “Whooo’s Your Valentine” Kit which is available for $10 with a minimum purchase of $35. 
I am loving the "subway art” image style.  Well, that is my description of it.  For this image, I place all the stamps on a 3x3 block and arranged them to get the design I liked.  I then removed the large owl and stamped the entire block of images in Slate.  I stamped the owl in Ruby and attached it to its spot with foam tape to accent it a little more.
See that glitter paper?  Yes, I did say glitter paper.  That is a sneak peek from the Spring Summer Idea book.  I can see lots of sparkle in my future! 
The red piece of cardstock on the right side was stamped with one of the texture stamps from the stamp set.  Chevrons and IN!  And more are coming in the new idea book as well!
If you are local, you can create this card at my Card CafĂ© on Thursday Jan 31st, 7 p.m.  We will make 5 cards for $15 and have some more sneak peeks of the new idea book.  Reserve your spot by January 29th. 

Whooo’s Your Valentine

Less than 15% of the supply is left!  It is not too late to order this adorable Valentine kit but don’t put it off!  In addition to the treat tubes and holders that are shown on the flyer, you can add to your Valentine celebration with the extra supplies and create a center piece or mini cards. 

How to you get you kit?  With a minimum order $35,  either on my website or by contacting me, you qualify to get this kit for $10.  It has a retail value of $40. 


Cards inspired by Dorothy’s Creative Oz



The kit includes:

12 – Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, White Daisy)
3 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy)
1 – Sheet Silver Glitter Paper – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
12 – Treat Tubes with Lids – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
1 – My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Going, Going…..

We are getting to the end of the cycle for our Fall/Winter catalog and in order to welcome new products, we need to say good bye to some of the old.  Now I know that some of them are not “old” AND they are GOOD!  The Pear & Partridge paper packet and Rub On’s are one of them.  These are the pages that I have created using this kit in addition to the multiple holiday cards and crafts I have already shown you here.  And below are the layouts that I created for my scrapbook workshop…as well as my personal scrapbooking. 


To create these pages I used:

X7162B  Pear & Partridge My Reflections Paper Packet (SOLD OUT)
X7162C Pear & Partridge Rub On’s (SOLD OUT)
Z1772 Holiday Dimensional Elements in Color

You can order your Pear & Partridge supplies here.

Just a reminder, these are available until while supplies last or through January  31, 2013. 

To see more items that we will be saying “good bye” to, check out the retiring products tab at the top of the blog. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hello…and Good Bye

As I have mentioned before, we will be saying good bye to some of the great paper packets from the Fall/Winter catalog.  Moonlight is one that will be going to make room for something new.  This kit was “sold” with a Halloween theme in mind but can be used for so much more.  You can see other art that I made using this paper packet here


The card is created using the following products:

X7161b Moonlight My Reflections Paper Packet

Z1790 Artiste Cricut Cartridge bundle

S1208 Baroque Borders (Retired) August ‘12 Stamp of the Month

You can see the list of retiring items at the tab at the top of this blog.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Perfect Fit

Use our Perfect Fit stamp sets featuring frames, sentiments, and images that fit together to create a fashionable message or accent. Pair your sentiment or image with a gift box made using our Cricut® Artiste cartridge for a sweet surprise for neighbors and friends!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Conversation Cards

You have probably already seen the conversation candy hearts in the stores.  But have you seen the CTMH conversation bubble stamps?  You can’t get them in the stores!  These are from the stamp set included in the Artiste Cricut Bundle.  This set of cards was inspired by Vicki Wizniuk.  I just love her artwork and you can see more of it here

I also used the “Whooo’s Your Valentine” stamp set.  The background is created using the chevron stamp and then the word bubbles are detailed with different stamps from the set. 


The “Whooo’s Your Valentine” kit is available during National Paper Crafting Month, or while supplies last. 

You can get yours for $10 with a minimum purchase of $35 in CTMH products.  You can shop on my website OR contact me with your order. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

I have a goal

I want to share this with you because many of you have supported me in different ways, to meet different goals in my life.  I am so thankful that I am surrounded by people like you, who dream with me and cheer for me.

So what’s the goal? 


Enchanted Costa Rica! (By sharing this with you, I now feel an accountability and vulnerability…eek!)

As you may or may not know, Close to My Heart offers incentive trips.  In 2008, I was able to take my husband on a Mediterranean Cruise by earning the trip with CTMH.  We celebrated our 20th anniversary on the ship.  It was an amazing adventure both earning the cruise and experiencing the reward. 

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This year, CTMH is offering an incentive trip to Costa Rica.  This is a six night stay in an all inclusive resort AND we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary and the high school graduation of our oldest.  (We are thinking about taking the kids!) 

And what you also may not know, is that I had the opportunity to spend time in Costa Rica in college.  For 8 weeks, Seattle Pacific University sent  nursing students for a cross cultural experience.  I absolutely fell in love with the people, the land and the experience they shared with us.  We lived with families, learned Spanish by immersion, worked with doctors and nurses and in low income childcare.  I have great memories from that time in my life. 

Now I know that experiencing Costa Rica from a resort will be a completely different but I also have a dream to do more than that.  I want to also spend some time giving back to a place and people that were instrumental in a life forming experience for me.  I am not sure what that will look like yet but I am allowing God and my dreams to form that piece of the adventure. 

I cannot meet this goal without YOU! 

The earning period for this trip is October 1st, 2012 – September 30th, 2013. 

I earn 1 point for every dollar of commissionable sales.   

I earn 500 points for every new consultant I add to my Evergreen Memories Team.

I earn 2500 points when I help a new consultant achieve Straight to the Top within their first 90 days.

I earn 1500 when I attend convention.  And I am registered to do this in June 2013.

Because I cannot do this without you, I have an incentive to offer you!  Visit the “Michele is going to Costa Rica” tab at the top of my blog where I will share my reward for your help AND keep you posted on my progress!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope you have had safe, healthy and blessed holidays this season.  I am starting off my new year blogging about the Happy Valentine Stamp of the Month.  This stamp set is $17.95 OR $5 with a minimum order of $50. 

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I have a small confession to make, I sold my copy in November to a customer who needed it right then…so I haven’t even had a copy to play with.  BUT, I have been through this blog hop and seen all the beautiful artwork created by the talented consultants.  In addition, many of the participants show different ways to color in the image including our new markers, pearl paint, heat embossing, and using mini pearls to highlight the center of the flower.  Don’t let my lack of artwork deter your plans to get and play with this set.