Monday, October 20, 2014

It's My Sweet Sixteen! (and YOU benefit)

It is hard for me to believe that 16 years have passed since I became a Close To My Heart Consultant on October 20, 1998.  Who would have thought that holding a rubber stamp approximately 19 years ago (when I first started working with CTMH products) would have such a lasting impact on my life?  I love Close To My Heart products now as much as I did then and enjoy creating with them.  More importantly, I love the people I have been able to meet over the course of my CTMH career.  That has been the biggest blessing and I look forward to seeing them at team and corporate-sponsored events.  (If you would like to join in the fun, I would love to have you on my team!  Contact me for further details.)

So...it's my anniversary but YOU get to benefit!  Read this flyer with complete details on how you can get a stamp set FREE as my appreciation for your business.  This offer is valid today through October 25, 2014.  You can click on the image to see an enlarged view.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.  
You are welcome to forward this offer to any of your friends/family members who you think may be interested.  I would love the business and there will be a gift of appreciation for referring them to me once they make the purchase.  :)  Be sure to have them contact me to tell me your name when they do!  

Stop by my blog tomorrow for details on how I created these fun goodies using this stamp set.  You can view the stamp sets here.  

Thank you for joining me on my CTMH journey!  Here's looking to more years of CTMH fun!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Handmade Hues

This month we are showcasing "Handmade Hues", a technique highlighted on page 66 in our Annual Inspirations idea book.  This technique encourages you to use our ShinHan markers to turn "images into picturesque embellishments".

If you are coming from Wendy's Blog you are on the right track.  Thank you for joining us!

I had fun creating this card with the Brushed paper packet. I was proud of myself for using the red color to outline the bird and then using the pink to shade him/her in.  I love the look it gives off and it really photographed well in these photos.
The card design came from our "Wishes" How-to book.  I like it because it was simple and allowed me to showcase the markered images and patterned paper with ease.  I added a few Black Sparkles to finish off the card and couldn't resist stamping the sentiment, "Have a beautiful day!"
I used the Happy Birds stamp set and Brushed paper packet - which is absolutely fun and beautiful! 
 
I do wish you a beautiful day and hope you will hop on over to Michelle's Blog to see what she has done with the ShinHan markers.

Happy hoppin'!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Simple Happy Birthday Card

I have seen what I would call "clean" cards and thought I would give it a try.  I love the simplicity of the look and talk about quick-to-put-together; you can't beat that!
I used the "Think Big" stamp set (shown here) which has some beautiful images.  I have a feeling I will be using this stamp set quite a bit.  Gotta love the various sentiments included with this set.  I stamped it in Black Ink and then used the ShinHan Cherry Pink Marker to color in the butterfly image.
I added some of our Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape for a banner strip, with a dovetail cut, and then added some Black Sparkles (to the butterfly) and Aqua Dots (to the bottom of the card) for some added accents.
I hope this card inspires you to realize that your artwork does not have to be overly involved and take large amounts of time.  This card will go in the mail tomorrow to a friend celebrating their birthday later this week.  I hope she loves it!

Wishing you a great week!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Stampers with an Attitude - Artfully Sent Blog Hop

You are going to have fun checking out some fun artwork showcasing the NEW Cricut cartridge, exclusive to Close To My Heart, called "Artfully Sent".

If you are coming from Melinda's, "If You Bling It", Blog, you are on the right track. You can also find a complete listing of participants on her blog.

There are so many options for this cartridge and while it is card-focused, and I have used it for that, you will find it can be used on all types of projects.

Our Paper Fundamentals paper was used to create this card, both inside and out, offering nice patterns and texture with no effort by me. The Cricut cut out the sunburst and sentiment and cardstock was simply placed behind Hello and Sunshine to give off a different color.  Super simple! A few gold sequins and some Teal Shimmer Trim were also used.
For the inside, it was lined with this cute heart pattern and the phone, as well as the word bubble, was cut using the cartridge. A circle of white cardstock was placed behind the dialer to create the look of a true phone and some color behind the word "hi". 
I cannot wait to see what else I can create with this cartridge.  It can be yours for just $50 when you host an online gathering of just $250. (You can also buy it outright for just $99.)  Contact me for more details.

Hop on over Belinda's Blog to see what she has in store for you but don't forget to leave a comment before you do. 

Happy hoppin'! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Shin Han Marker - Blog Hop

Welcome to our Blog Hop where we feature 42 CTMH Consultant's artwork showcasing our new markers.  If you are coming from Dana's Blog, you are on the right track.  Should you get lost along the way, you can find a list of participants on Melinda's Blog.

Close To My Heart is offering a new marker line called ShinHan.  They are dual tipped, one broad tip and one fine tip.  While I know I have yet to tap into their potential - in getting some good shading going - I do love them!  They are a fabulous addition to our product line and while they do not match our exclusive color palette, the colors we do offer compliment them very nicely.
I used the "Better with a Friend" stamp set, one that is exclusive to Hostesses and super easy to earn, and five of our new markers:  Y222 Golden Yellow, P83 Lavender, RP198 Tender Pink, B68 Turquoise Blue, and B282 Peony Purple.  I incorporated the Confetti Wishes paper packet and love the "attitude" of the girls on this stamp set.  I stamped "hello" from the "Have a Happy Day" stamp set and added some Blue Sparkles.  I always feel the need to "pop" something off the card using our 3-D Foam Tape and you can see I did so here with the focal point.  I LOVE the added dimension the foam tape provides.
This is a photo of the stamp set that can be yours FREE when you redeem just $10 in Hostess Rewards. Isn't it adorable?!  I love the sayings, besides the cute images!  Contact me to learn how you can get this in your hands FREE!  (It can be found on page 9 in our Annual Inspirations.)
Please let me know what you think of this artwork and then hop on over to Brenda's Blog and check out her creation.  We appreciate you joining us!

Happy Hoppin'!



Sunday, October 5, 2014

CTMH Paper Focus Blog Hop - Pathfinding

Thank you for joining my team, the "Heartfelt Sentiments", as we showcase the fall paper packet called "Pathfinding."  It screams fall and a time for us to reflect upon our blessings.

If you are coming from Aggie's Blog, you are on the right track.  This is who is joining me on the hop if you were to get lost along the way:

1.  Melissa Robinson* - http://mlisrobinson.blogspot.com
2.  Marianne Hancock* www.thescrapbookchick.blogspot.com
5.  Sheila Wilkerson* http://ezscrapbooks.blogspot.com
6.  Aggie Peters http://busyaggie.blogspot.com

I enjoy the fall weather and the reason for the season but I am not always about the fall colors.  I love the bright, summer colors so this color scheme is somewhat of a stretch for me but once I got this paper in my hands I thought otherwise.  I incorporated three patterns from this paper packet and really am pleased how this card came together.
I used one of our dimensional elements to add visual appeal to the focal point.  I applied Glacier ink to the tag, stamped the images and then used some embellishments to finish it off.  It is definitely a card fitting for this time of the year and I hope you like it.
Let me know what you think of my creation and then head on over to Marianne's Blog to check out her fun artwork.

Thanks for stopping by and happy hoppin'!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Scared Silly

I enjoy the cuteness of Halloween and love these cute little guys included in the "Frightfully Fun" stamp set.  And...the sayings are adorable and non-frightening.  That is a bonus for me too.  :)
I was just sitting around wanting to create a little something using the Black Chevron paper contained in the Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment and decided, "Oooh!  What if I colored the stripes?"  The paper does have a resist pattern that allows for some fun techniques so I did just that.  Alternating the color of the chevron patterns, this is what it ended up looking like.  Fun, right?  Can you imagine doing so with other color combinations for different themes?
I applied a little bit of Whisper ink to the inside of the mummy and ghost images for some added dimension.  I stamped the "scared silly" sentiment multiple times over the center square, using various coordinating ink pads, and adhered a strip of the Sunset Chevron Washi Tape to the top of the card.  I think I have slowly fallen in love with Washi Tape!  LOL  Yeah...I was not too impressed when washi tape first debuted but it is all the rage now and I have slowly begun incorporating it into my various projects.  It is so simple to use and easy to apply to any project.  Plus, you gotta love the patterns and beautiful colors!

Did you know Close To My Heart has a fun - and it is also cute - Washi Tape Dispenser?  Yep!  We sure do!  In fact, check out my blog post tomorrow with a fun video on how this dispenser is designed. Plus, it's just $6.95!  It would make a great gift or is perfect for fitting inside someone's stocking.
Here's wishing you a Happy Friday and fabulous plans for a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Get Your FREE Ribbon!

Yes, you heard that right - FREE RIBBON - but only during this month.  When you place a $50 order this month you will receive one of two chevron ribbons absolutely FREE!  You will either be sent the Ruby or Outdoor Denim Ribbon which are currently unavailable, making this an exclusive offer!  You won't know which ribbon you will get until you receive your order - it will be a surprise!
I just placed my order and cannot wait to see which one is sent my way.  I see great potential for my artwork creations regardless of which one I receive.

If you would like to place an order and be eligible for a drawing for the Hostess Rewards, please place your order through my website and click on the link titled "October Mystery Hostess Order".
All purchases placed through the link this month will go towards that order and you could win some FREE products!  (If you are Christmas shopping or needing to purchase supplies for your holiday gifts, should your order reach $150 or more, you can get ALL of the Hostess Rewards you earn; no drawing necessary. LOL  Contact me for details.)

Happy Friday eve!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Home for the Holidays

There are 73 Close To My Heart Consultants participating in this Blog Hop showcasing the October Stamp of the Month, "Home for the Holidays".  It can be yours during the month of October for just $5 with a qualifying purchase.  You can find more details here.
If you are coming from Dawn's Blog, you are on the right track!  If you get lost along the way please visit Adeline's Blog for a complete listing of participants.

I had fun making this card and believe it or not, it came together - from start to finish - in about 10 minutes!  I was so proud of myself!  I used some of our Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment for the two Glacier pieces of paper included on both sides of the card.  I reversed the pieces.  The texture on the far pieces are not visible in these photos but they contain the same pattern as seen on the other strip of paper but it has a wet-embossed look.  It really is too fun.  These papers have two sides and both provide different options for your artwork.
I could not resist adding some Silver Shimmer Trim and a few embellishments items to include: Slate Baker's Twine, Clear Bitty Sparkles (placed on the snowflakes), Black Bitty Sparkles (for his eyes), and one Blue Epoxy Bubble for one final touch.  (I did include the "Happy Holidays" sentiment from the Holiday Tags stamp set.)
It was fun using non-typical Christmas colors for the card and I am pleased how it came out.  I hope you like it too!  Here is a close-up of the embellishments for a different view.
I appreciate you stopping by and hope you will leave a comment before hopping over to Casandra's Blog.  Have fun checking out all the fun artwork showcasing this exclusive stamp set!  Enjoy the rest of your week!

Happy hoppin'!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Hello Sunshine - Cut with "Artfully Sent"

Hello, Sunshine!  That's a perfect segway into this blog post based upon the sentiment on this card, don't you think?  I hope you are waking up and ready to experience a wonderful Friday wherever you are!  I am!

This card was cut from our BRAND NEW and EXCLUSIVE Cricut Cartridge, Artfully Sent, which debuted last week.  We made this card at Convention this summer and it was so easy to put together!
The card front was cut by the Cricut.  Then, we first adhered a piece of Glacier cardstock to the back of "hello".  Then, an entire sheet of Canary cardstock was glued inside the card in order to bring color to the sunbursts and the word "sunshine".  It also served as a card "liner" and covered up the cuts from showing on the inside of the card.  Simple, right?  Then, a few stamped images, some Gold Shimmer Trim and some Gold Sequins and this card came together in no time!  Cardmaking has never been easier, not to mention they are CUTE CARDS!
Click on this link to find out more about Artfully Sent.  There is no doubt you will want to add this to your Cricut Collection.  It would also make a great gift!

Happy Friday and as my husband would say, " DO IT BIG!"  Hugs!