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!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April 2015 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Typed Note

Welcome to the Typed Note April Blog Hop featuring some very talented CTMH artists. Thanks for hopping over from Peachy's Blog.

This is just such a fun set. I love type font and there are so many phrases to choose from. I decided to get a little ahead of the game and make a card for my dad for Father's Day.

There was a lot I wanted to say, so I used my craft knife to slit between the bottom of the paper and the typewriter. I added a bunch of sentiments to the card stapled with a piece of ribbon as a pull tab. I used the Champagne Paper Fundamentals to give a little texture to the card. I colored the Silver Sequins Assortment with my Black and Carmine ShinHan Twin Touch markers.

Now hop on over to Traci's Blog to see how she's used Typed Note.

If you love this stamp set as much as I do, be sure to place an order in April and get yours for only $5 with your $50 order!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Brushed Scrappy Gals Layout

One of the highlights of my week is teaching Scrappy Gals at my sons' elementary school. The third-fifth grade girls are so fun and creative. I enjoy that hour so much!

I keep the layouts pretty simple for two reasons. First of all, the girls NEVER copy my layout. Keeping the strips simple allows them to create their own layouts. Secondly, we scrapbook "backwards." The photos are adhered at a later date so I try to keep options for different sized or oriented photos.

Just in time for the first day of Spring (and a mid-Atlantic snow), here's my Brushed layout.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

March SOTM Blog Hop - Choose Happy

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring March's SOTM, Choose Happy, a set of 14 stamps.  If you have come here from Vicki Price'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 68 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!

Have you ever read Brene' Brown? I love her book The Gifts of Imperfection. She has such a beautiful way of sharing her thoughts on loving ourselves and accepting what we might consider our faults. The "choose happy" sentiment made me think of her. I always keep a few copies of that book as birthday or "pick me up" gifts for friends. I think I'll include this card with the next one I hand out!


Supplies used:
Now "Hop" on over to Gina Brandstetter'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 February SOTM is only available until the 28th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!