Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Disney World, Here I Come!

I am headed to Disney World today for Close To My Heart's Convention! I am looking forward to sharing in this special event with quite a few of my dear friends.
Convention officially kicks off on Thursday morning, but I am blessed to get a jump-start Wednesday when I get to spend Leadership Day with quite a few leaders on my team. I am also honored to share that I have been asked to be a presenter on Leadership Day and will take the stage for 15 minutes that day. Eek! I am so excited!
Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen at last year's Convention in Anaheim.
I have been busy creating fun artwork for the past few weeks that will serve as team gifts so have been a little on the quiet side as far as posting new artwork is concerned. But, watch my blog over the next few days to see the fun gifts I created using our products!
Team Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen last year during Convention at Disneyland.
Interested in joining the Close To My Heart fun?! It will be a fabulous time do so as we will get to review the newest products while in Orlando which go live to the public on August 1st. I love having that sneak peek as a Consultant. 

Feel free to ask me Consultant questions any time. I am constantly working to build my team and love how much Close To My Heart Heart has blessed and enriched my life over the almost 18 years I have been a Consultant! (I joined in October 1998.) I know you will experience the same.

Have a blessed week!
Melissa

Monday, June 20, 2016

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Calypso Colors

Welcome to my blog today where I am featuring artwork for this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, "Calypso Colors". Surely you have seen the new Calypso product line from Close To My Heart and if you haven't, you are definitely missing out on a GREAT thing!
I am way addicted especially because of the fabulous color combination chosen for this line: Black, Cotton Candy, Honey, Lagoon and Pear. They are all those bright summery colors that bring a smile to my face. Do they do the same to you?

I am totally loving this card creation, made using the Stamp of the Month, "The Long Way Home". I did paper-piece the VW bug, first stamping it in Cotton Candy. Then I stamped it again in Honey, Lagoon, Black and Slate inks, on scratch paper, cutting out the specific areas to layer on top of the Lagoon image. It made for a pretty colorful vehicle, don't you think?
I added some Silver Sequins, Gold Foil Tape, and a Red Enamel Heart for some final accents. This card totally makes me happy which is fitting for the sentiment. I hope you love it too!

Thank you for stopping by and please consider linking up to us for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week. Be sure to incorporate Close To My Heart products in your creation. I look forward to seeing what you share!

Have a blessed week and be sure to...Make It From Your Heart!
Melissa

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Color Your World

It's time to "Color Your World" with this month's Technique Blog Hop. We know coloring is all the rage right now so we are using Close To My Heart products to focus on "color". Participants can interpret that how they like. I cannot wait to see what they have designed.

If you are coming from Tonya's Blog, you are on the right track. If you were to get lost a long the way, you can find a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.

I love our Picture My Life Clear Watercolor Cards and decided to use this one, with a heart, on my card. My husband and I are celebrating 18 years of marriage on the 20th of this month so I decided to make it to suit that occasion.
Using our Watercolor Paints and a Paintbrush, I first wet the card and then applied the two different shades of paint. I dried it using our Craft Heater and then used a tissue, and a bit of water, to wipe away the color on the heart design. The heart design is embossed which created a resist image to allow for this technique. Cool, huh?

I used these cardstock colors: Gypsy, Thistle, Slate and Black. Some Silver Shimmer Trim was added as were a few black sparkles to finish it off.

Thank you so much for stopping by and now head on over to Darlys' Blog to see how she interpreted the color theme. 

Happy hoppin'!
Melissa

List of participants:
1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Flash Sales Every Friday This Month!

Have you checked out the Flash Sale that is happening on my website right now? They commence each Friday at 3 pm MST and end on Monday. There are product bundles on sale for a discount and Close To My Heart is featuring artwork made with them on their blog.
Check out this fun artwork (above and below) that is just part of what was shared yesterday, using the Display Tray and Picture My Life Cards. What a fun, simple and yet, very meaningful artwork that can serve as decor for your home or as a special gift for someone.
These are one of the bundles available for purchase through Monday or while supplies last. Yeah...I'm definitely headed to purchase this bundle for sure and look forward to decorating the Display Tray. Be sure to check out what other products are available during this weekend. What grabs your attention? You can place an order on my website by heading here.

Enjoy your weekend and remember...Make It From Your Heart!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Heart 2 Heart Challenges - Congratulations

Welcome to this week's challenge for Heart 2 Heart where our theme is "Congratulations".  Feel free to interpret that anyway you want, make artwork using Close To My Heart products, and then link up on the Heart 2 Heart Blog.  I enjoy seeing everyone's artwork.

My niece graduated from elementary school last week - I cannot believe she is going to middle school next year (ACK!) - and I made her this fun card.  Isn't it adorable?!  I can say that because the "pun" was not my original idea.  My friends, Pam and Sherry, shared some artwork they created with the pants and I just had to copy them.  Of course, we have the perfect stamp set to compliment the theme.
This card was made using the Calypso paper line - that has the adorable flamingo pattern.  Thick Pixie Twine was used as were pink dots that were placed inside of Black Sequins from the Calypso line.  It was kept pretty simple but I love it!  I hope you do too.

The stamp set I used is called, "Smarty Pants".
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  Let me know what you think of this card and then consider linking up to us at Heart 2 Heart.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Make it from your heart,

Sunday, June 5, 2016

CTMH Paper Blog Hop - Calypso

This month we are highlighting the FUN, Calypso paper pack.  It is a BIG HIT and I am sure you will recognize why as soon as you see it. I have been having fun with it since it was released last month.

If you are coming from Cathy's Blog, you are on the right track.  You will find a list of participants at the bottom of this post.

This rainbow pattern is one of the pocket cards included with the Calypso Workshop Your Way.  I backed it with Black cardstock and then cut a tag, from Art Philosophy, to serve as the focal point.  The Flamingo was cut and stamped using the Tickled Pink stamped set and Thin Cuts.  I used Pixie and Hollyhock inks, added a piece of Flamingo Washi Tape, and topped it off with a bow out of the Black & Gold Ribbon.  It was a simple card to put together.  Gotta love when that happens!
Thank you so much for stopping by.  Head on over to Aggie's Blog to see what she has in stop.  Feel free to leave a comment if you would like.

Happy hoppin'!


List of participants: 
  1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*
  2. Aggie Peters
  3. Katy Taylor
  4. Tonya Whitehurst
  5. Cathy Bufano


Friday, June 3, 2016

Ingenious! Turn Your Chalkboard into a Work of Art!

Check out this quick and ingenious video where you can see how simple it can be to turn our Designed Decor Magnetic Chalkboard into something you can actually use in your home!  I have one and LOVE that it's magnetic, but I have totally shied away from writing on it.  However, I never thought of creating a stencil to use that will ensure everything lines up just as desired!  TOO AWESOME!  Take a few minutes to watch and then let me know what you think!
You can find the chalkboard and marker she references by clicking here.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  

Now...to alter the one I currently have AND then order another one!  WOOHOO!  What's awesome is that it matches my home decor.  If that's not the same for you...paint it so it does!  SO many options!  Gotta love that!

Enjoying a dryer day in Dallas!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - The Long Way Home

Welcome to our hop where we are highlighting the June Stamp of the Month, The Long Way Home.  Look at all the cute images in this stamp set!  I have enjoyed the pleasure of making a couple of cards from it up to this point and look forward to incorporating it into other artwork.  It can be yours - this month only - for just $5 with a qualifying purchase.  You can view details about that by clicking here.
If you are coming from Melinda's Blog, you are on the right track.  You can find a complete list of participants on her blog.

I created this fun card incorporating the Magical paper pack and "Bunch of Love" stamp set (for the sentiment).  A few Blue Dots were added.
Thank you for stopping by.  Head on over to Wendy's Blog and see what she has created to share with you.

Happy hoppin'!

Flash Sale During June!

It is so hard for me to believe that June 1st is already here.  How about you?  To know we have already made it half way until 2016 is totally amazing to me!

During the month of June, Close to My Heart is having a FLASH SALE!  What does that mean for you?
During this month, Close To My Heart is offering great deals on bundles of discounted products every weekend.  Check my website each Friday during June to find a new set of bundles!  There will be a lot to choose from at the various discount levels and price points, but you will need to snatch them up quick because they are only available through the following Monday while supplies last!

You can find a flash sale countdown by clicking here.  I cannot wait to see what is released on Friday!  Let me know if you want a friendly reminder to check out the sale each week.

Enjoy a blessed June!


Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Times Are Almost Gone! (and Memorial Day Special)

Okay...so not literally speaking.  :)  I pray you have many happy times to come but as for the National Scrapbooking Month campaign - the exclusive paper pack and stamp set - you only have today and tomorrow to get it in your hands!  Below, I have shared the fabulous layout and card creations you can make using these exclusive products - AND I have the FREE cutting diagrams and instructions for the layouts and cards.  If you purchase today or tomorrow, I will send them to you but before that, let me share something with you...

In honor of Memorial Day, I am donating 20% of all purchases made today and tomorrow to the Veteran's Hospital in my hometown where my Grandpa is housed.  He served in the Army many years ago and is now currently living there.  I am thankful for him being able to do so where he receives around-the-clock care and has companionship, although he is doing well at 91 years.
Here are layouts made with the Happy Times paper pack and some additional products.  They are super awesome!  (Supply list provided at the bottom of this post.)


Here are the cards made with the Happy Times paper pack and stamp set and other products.  You can switch out the sentiments to suit your occasion.  (Supply list provided at the bottom of the post.)


If you have any questions, please let me know. I am also organizing kits for either or both of these workshops but also need to know so before the end of the day tomorrow (May 31, 2016).

Wishing you have a blessed holiday today wherever you are!




Scrapbook Layouts Supply List:
CC1063Happy Times Paper Pack
3 Sheets Pomegranate CS
5 Sheets of White Daisy CS (4 for base pages)
CC1064- Happy Times stamp set
Inks: Pomegranate, Smoothie, Glacier, Canary, Fern
Z2012- Gold Sequins
Z3091- Pink Enamel Gems
Z3189- White & Gold Ribbon
Z3217- PML Watercolor Cards - Gold
Z3224- Waterbrush - Small Round
Z2060- Thin 3D Foam Tape
Glue Dots
Z1985- Gold Shimmer Trim-

Cards Supply List:
CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet
CC1064 Happy Times Stamp Set
M1051 Make A Wish Stamp Set *
1 Sheet White Daisy Cardstock
X254 White Cards & Envelopes
Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon
Z3091 Pink Enamel Gems
Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment
Z1768 Metallic Markers
Z2089 Micro Glue Dots
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2196 Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z1999 - 1” Circle Punch (Optional)
Z1851 Scallop Punch (Optional)