Sunday, August 31, 2014

September SOTM Blog Hop: Family Is Forever

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring September's SOTM, which is Family is Forever.   If you have come here from Melissa's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:

This month we have 80 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I kept things pretty simple with this set.  The tree is stamped with the pigment inks onto the Scaredy Cat paper.  I chose pigment inks because it helps to "cover" the pattern under the stamped image.  The wrap in the Thistle striped ribbon adds texture and whimsy to this simple card. 

Now "Hop" on over to Justine's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the September SOTM is only available until September 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Enjoy hopping along and seeing all the creative artwork!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Don't let these deals fly away!

What a Hoot!

This cute owl will by flying away after August 31st so don't let him go until he is roosting in your stamp collection! (remember you can click on the photo to see the artwork larger!)

Created by Patricia Ervin
Created by Catherine Nowak
 Created by Krista Hershberger

Next is the Picture My Life Special.

When you purchase a Picture My Life scrapbook program, you will choose a set of page protectors for $3.  You now have 13 different styles to choose from and you can see them all here.  Picture My Life is not just for can see the cards and tags I made using the cards here

Watch for details about my Picture My Life workshop coming in September.

Any questions?  Feel free to contact me!

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Product Blog Hop

I am delighted to say that I participated in an Annual Inspirations new product swap.  Although I have only seen peeks of some of the artwork I will be receiving, I am excited to share what I created with you AND you will get to see the artwork right along with me as you hop through.

So, if you have arrived from Gail's Blog, you are on the right track.  This will go in a big circle as you hop through seven different blogs.  After you have seen my artwork, you will then hop on over to Cindy's blog

My "assignment" for the swap was to use the Picture My Life scrapbooking program in a non-traditional way.  I think I got the easy end of the deal because it is super easy to create with PML cards.

First I did a 12 x 12 layout and used the cards as a title and then again as mats for photos.

 I used the Chalk It Up paper packet with the Chalk It Up PML kit.  Since there are 3 of each small card, I cut one up and raised the elements with foam tape to highlight the details.  So easy, so awesome!

Second, I used the Seaside PML kit and created a set of cards.  I did stamp one image, the same for all cards.  Adding foam tape and a couple of embellishments was all I needed to finish the cards.  I absolutely love how they turned out.

Finally, I used the Chantilly cards and a stamp set to create a set of tags.  These too were super easy to make!
You will be seeing more PML projects in the future and just a reminder about the special this month, when you purchase a PML kit, you can choose a set of page protectors for $3.  A great deal!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CTMH New Product Blog Hop

 You are sure to be rewarded as you travel through this blog hop that is filled with wonderful artwork created using product from the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  

 If you have come here from the inspirational blog of   Sarah Hirsch  you are on the right path. This blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultants here.
This hop we are featuring brand new Close To My Heart products that made their debut with the new Idea Book on August 1.  I'll share the new products I used on my projects as well as give you their names and order numbers so that you can go straight to my website and shop for the new products you love! 
After your peek at my artwork, you will hop on over to  Dawn Haight's blog to continue the hop!
  So here it is!  

I absolutely love these new Designed Decor Shadow Box frames.  I have decided that I will create a Seasonal Sampler each month and switch it out as a display in my home.  

For the month of October, I will be displaying this sampler made using the Scaredy Cat My Reflections paper kit, coordinating complements, and assortment.  I also used foam tape to give the elements dimension as I attached them to my paper.  Although you might not be able to see the detail, I also used one of my all time favorite tools, the Uchida LePen Journaling Pen to outline some of the elements with a thin line.   Finally, I used the hook and loop dots to set it in the frame to it is easily interchangeable without damaging the sampler.  Photos and link of the product are listed below. 

I absolutely love how this turned out and am planning a Seasonal Sampler Club. If you are interested in the details of this club and how you can participate and earn a free sampler, contact me!

Don't forget to move on to Dawn's Blog  and enjoy the full circle of new artwork made with new product.  And now for the product list.  Click on the photos for a link to my website.


Monday, August 4, 2014

August Special: Picture Perfection

During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3.00! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3.00 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure! 

One of my favorite Picture My Life Kits is the new "Chalk It Up" kit.  As a participant in a new product swap, I had the pleasure of playing with this set.  

 I used the cards here on this classic layout as a title for the page "Awesome" and then smaller elements.  The photos that go on this page are from our visit to Hogwarts at Universal Studios.  Because the place is based on the Harry Potter books, I thought a library card would be the perfect journaling block.  I added some background stamping with the Glitter Girl stamp set, some embellishments with Lagoon Shimmer Trim, and Chalk it Up Assortment.  Since there are 2 of each of the large cards and three of the smaller, I was able to cut out some of the elements and raise them with foam tape for more depth.  

In addition to the pocket style scrapbooking these cards were created for, you can do so much more!  I will be featuring the other items from my swap throughout this month. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Picture My Life scrapbooking programs, contact me today for a free consultation.  

The full selection of the Picture My Life kits are shown below!  Which one is favorite?
Surf's Up
Laughing Lola

Balloon Ride

Chalk it up


Pear and Partridge



For Always

Later Sk8r


Dates: Offer valid August 1, 2014–August 31, 2014 


Friday, August 1, 2014

Announcing the CTMH new Annual Inspirations Idea Book

One hundred ninety two pages chocked full of paper crafting goodness!  That's what you will find in the CTMH Annual Inspirations. 

Close to My Heart has made some changes that will provide you with fresh new products all year round.  Each page sparks inspiration that keeps your creative juices flowing.  A book that is hard to put down. 

How can you get one of these for yourself?

  • Join my Reap the Rewards Club and you will receive your idea book for no charge.
  • Treat yourself and a few friends together for a fun night out crafting. 
  • Place a $35 order through my website or by contacting me, and I will include it in your order.
  • Pay $5 and I will include a $5 coupon off your order of $40 or more. (Shipping additional.)

My Annual Inspirations Product Reveal will be held the weekend of Sept 5-7.  Watch your inbox for more details and how you can get your new book then!