Monday, December 26, 2016

Boxing Week Specials

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. 

Close to My Heart is celebrating Boxing Week with four days of different deals where you'll save 50% on select items. The fun starts at 2:00 pm (PST) on Monday, December 26, with a selection of deals that will last until 1:59 pm (PST) on Tuesday. Then, a whole new set of deals will begin!

Check every day from Monday through Thursday at 3:00 pm (MST) to get a jump start on each day's sale ! These deals are only available on my website while supplies last, so be sure to shop early!

At the beginning of the sale, visit my website and click on Promotions to see each day's deals. Happy shopping!


Friday, December 16, 2016

Flower Market Key 48 Brings Christmas Delight

Welcome!  And Holiday Wishes to You!

I created these cards which featured in my newsletter and the CTMH video I shared on this post


Here are some of the details that you might not "see" in the photo and how I made them. 
(You can also click on the photo to see it larger.)

From left to right:  
Card 1.  The top of the card is a piece of white cardstock, dry embossed the with snowflake embossing folder.  This folder retires on December 31st.  With the card folded shut, I used my small hole punch to create a notch and then a second one on the right side (just through the top layer) so I could secure the twine without glue. 

Card 2.  I also dry embossed the wood paper with the snowflake embossing folder and then carefully ran my white daisy ink pad over the paper to enhance their details.  I did heat set the ink...because I am impatient and didn't want to "wait" for it to dry before I continued my project.  I also added whisper gray sponging to the jar edges and then used my Warm Grey 4 Shin Han marker on the left side, carefully outing on the edge and creating a shadow on the lower left.  I then used the colorless blender to soften the ink.  Instead of using the ribbon that cuts with the jar, I added the white and gold twine.  To add a bit more shimmer, I dabbed my Shimmer Brush on each of the berries.  

Card 3.  Finally, this card is inspired by the layout that is shown in the video.  On the design space file, you will see that I have created the layout and the card for you to cut.  I couldn't let a good inspiration fall to the wayside!  The pattern is a reversed and of course the elements are smaller.  I used foam tape under the bow and for that bit of sparkle, yes you guessed it...Shimmer Brush.  I added mini sparkles too.  I just love the wood veneer trees from the Oh Deer assortment.  These too will be retiring Dec 31st so I may need to stock up for some summer outdoor layouts as well.  

Hope you have enjoyed this post and have had a chance to take a look at my newsletter.  I have started a new section call "Inspiration Corner" and hope to include creative ideas for in upcoming editions.  

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Flower Market Cricut Cartridge Key 48

This video fits in perfectly with my December theme of Brown Paper to Beautiful!  Here's one project that they created using key 48 on the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.  After cutting out some holly leaves, a spray of berries and pine sprig, the package was tied with baker's twine and decorated for the season. 

 To see more of what you can create with this key of the Flower Market Cartridge, key 48, take a look at this video.

If you own the Cricut Explore and Flower Market Cricut Cartridge, you can access these files and create the card and scrapbook page shown in this video. The link is here

Merry Crafting!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

SOTM Blog Hop: Thoughtful Flowers

Welcome to the Blog Hop for December.

If you have arrived here from Michelle's Blog, you are continuing through the hop which is a big circle of fabulous artwork!  When you are ready to move on, you will be traveling to Melissa's Blog.
This stamp set of eight different floral images and simple sentiments brings a bit of spring into the middle of winter.

To create my cards, I took out my heat embossing supplies and water colors.  I added a tad bit of shimmer with our wonderful shimmer pen!  I had just a few minutes to play and I like how they turned out.

This stamp set is available only during the month of December.  You can purchase this set for $5 with a qualifying purchase.  Contact your consultant for information or you can shop on my website as well. 

Now remember when you are finished here, you will be visiting Melissa's Blog.

Enjoy the hop,