Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Personalized Cups

Next month, my family and I are heading to Key Largo with some dear friends. As a thank you for getting the place, I made these fun cups for the adults.

I found the Contigo cups at Target. They have a super tight lid so you can shake up drinks in it. And, they're insulated, which will be awesome in the Florida heat. The main reason I chose them though, is that they're smooth and just begging for some decorative vinyl!

I used my Cricut Explore to design the vinyl, which I'd purchased in a pack from Pick Your Plum.

Now, all I need to do is choose a favorite beverage!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Simple Minion Cards

My son just celebrated his 11th birthday with friends at the movies. What did we see? Minions, of course!

Writing thank you notes is a requirement in our family. I know, some think it's old fashioned, but I believe it's teaching my kids about gratitude. If someone takes the time to give you a gift, you can make the time to show your appreciation.

Using my Shin Han alcohol markers (sold by CTMH, naturally), I whipped up these cards in just a few minutes.

Bello and tank you are Minionese for hello and thank you (if it wasn't obvious enough)! I used the old Cocktail Alphabet stamp set for the lettering (one of my all-time faves). Those little cupcakes with Minion twinkles were a big hit with the kids, and simple, too!

For family members who didn't come to the party, I made the above cards.

Can you tell how much I love the Shin Han alcohol markers?!? They're so awesome at giving some fast color to a quick project.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Jump On It July

During the month of July, when you purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5! That is a savings of up to $17.95! The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things—big and small—that life has to offer.

Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on! To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 of any current, retail priced stamps. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!

Visit my website now to place your order and start getting your free stamps now!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ice Cream Dream - May SOTM Blog Hop

I SCREAM YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! Sorry for yelling at you, but I'm kinda passionate about ice cream. If you are, too, then this set of seven stamps is for you!

Thanks for coming from Maria's blog. This hop is one big scoop, I mean loop, so make sure you visit all 50 CTMH Consultants for some ice cream inspiration.

I decided to make a tri-fold card. It's cut at 4 1/4 x 10 1/2 and scored at 3" and 7". I just love this Blossom Paper Packet, but haven't had much time to play with it yet. I love these Sunset and Pear colors together...reminds me of one of my favorites, Orange Sherbet!

Now, go satisfy your cool cravings at Vicki's blog! Remember, Ice Cream Dream is only available until June 30th from your CTMH Independent Consultant or from me, here.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May SOTM Blog Hop - Just Sayin'

HELLOOOOOO!!! Sorry, I've seen Mrs. Doubtfire on television too often lately (can't you hear her now?). Anywho...welcome to the May SOTM Blog Hop, Just Sayin'. Thanks for coming from Gina Brandstetter's blog.

This is a cutie patootie set of 14 stamps. I can't wait to add those little sayings and icons to some layouts. But, I've been participating in an awesome card swap this year and Just Sayin' was my assigned stamp set for a card. Gotta admit, I freaked a little at first. But, I love how it turned out, especially with all of that new product from Close To My Heart's Seasonal Inspirations 2!


I used my super awesome CTMH Score Board with the little arm pushed in so I could score on the diagonal. Ya can't do that on the Martha Stewart one, folks! Then, I flipped my card around, scored on the opposite diagonal to create the square pattern and sanded away.

Supplies used:

  • Just Sayin,' S1505 (only available in May 2015!)
  • Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 (#20), 9042
  • White Value Pack Cards and Envelopes, X254
  • Score Board, Z1937
  • Jackson Paper Packet, X7195B
  • White Daisy Cardstock, 1385
  • Sanding Kit, Z1294
  • Sponge Daubers, Z726
  • Thin and regular 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 and Z1151, respectively
  • Oceanside Sequins, Z3041
  • Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z3039
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2195
  • Cocoa Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2114
Head over to Alyson Mayo's blog to see her artistic creation. Did you get lost on the hop? Find the complete list of 50 hoppers here.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Deal of the Day

Love a great deal? How about 30 days of great deals? During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart! 

What deals are we talking about? Each day during April, while supplies last, we’ll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount. To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart through my website and you will be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)! 

Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 to $150. Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay! Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 3 pm MDT each day and only while supplies last—so visit often and early! Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!

After you place your order, take a pic of your goodies and post it to my Facebook business page. When you'll do that, you'll get a special treat, just from me!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop

Not only has it finally warmed up here in Virginia, but the newest Seasonal Expressions Idea Book from Close To My Heart is out, too! Double bonus!! You're in for a treat as you hop around over 40 consultants blogs to find inspiration and creativity abounding. If you get lost along the way, see the full list here.

Thanks for visiting from Terry Ann Diack's blog.

I used one of the NEW mini albums (there are two!) from the Seasonal Expressions 2 to make a Father's Day mini album for my dad. I wish I'd been more on the ball to print out some of the adorable pics I'm going to include of my dad with my two sons. For now, you'll have to just imagine photos on the pages!

Materials used:
  • My Creations Mini Mix Album, Z3069
  • Jackson Paper Packet, X7195B
  • Jackson Picture My Life Cards, Z3068
  • Boardwalk Washi Tape Pack, Z3066
  • Brave Enamel Shapes, Z3073
  • Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z3039
  • Artiste, Z1790 Happy Father's Day cut at 1 1/2"
  • Cocoa Ink, Z2114
  • Triangle Border Punch, Z1997
If you'd like to view the entire album, please click here to see my 2 minute video walking you through all of the pages.

Now it's time to see what new product Lisa Plummer is going to show off for you.

To get your copy of the Seasonal Expressions 2, add it to your next CTMH order!