Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Show Your Love - Valentine Blog Hop

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we wanted to take a few minutes to showcase some fabulous artwork creations, using Close To My Heart products.  They'll make your gift-giving quick, easy, and inexpensive - and CUTE!

If you are coming from Aggie's Blog, you are on the right track.  A list of participants is found at the end of this post.

Picture My Life cards are so versatile.  I choose to use one as the focal point on this hand-designed gift bag, perfect for that special gift.  Paired with some Black and Lagoon cardstock, as well as some Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, it didn't take much to cutesy up this red bag that started out plain.
 I added some Teal and Silver Shimmer Trim and Stuck On You Puffies for some added detail.  (Despite my efforts to get a great picture, it looks totally fab in person!)
The Heartstrings PML line is absolutely stunning and can be used for various artwork creations.  (I've made cards, treat items, layouts and gift bags with them.) They are too fun and you can't beat their phenomenal price!  If you have not tried them, you will definitely want to add them to your next order.
Head on over to Melissa David's Blog to see what she has up her sleeve, but feel free to leave a comment before doing so.

Here is a list of the participants and links to their sites, should you get lost along the way:
  1. Melissa Robinson (*you are here)
  2. Melissa David 
  3. Debi Barber
  4. Judy Faye Garner
  5. Tonya Whitehurst
  6. Aggie Peters
Happy hoppin'!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Have a Beautiful Day!

This card was fun and simple to make!  I used the Seaside paper pack and Kraft cardstock to design the card front, after placing them on a Colonial White card base.  The piece of cardstock used is Glacier.
Then I took the "Happy Birds" stamp set, in Cocoa ink, and stamped the sentiment and flower.  I used the Cherry Pink and Cerulean Blue Markers to color in the image.  But what is even more fabulous...I took the Flamingo Dots and colored them to make them match the flower!  They are sooooo pretty and bright!  I was so proud of how they came out!

Have a beautiful day and week!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Retiring List - Get Them Soon!

The following stamp designs, last featured in the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book, are being retired.  They will no longer be available to order after January 31, 2015.  These sets can be viewed in the "Retiring Items" category on my website by clicking here.  There are some great ones you may want to have before they are gone for good!

A1124 A Tree
A1139 Congrats Graduate
A1141 Be Still
A1154 Friendly Thoughts
A1156 Flower Confetti
B1418 Love Doily
B1423 Hoppy Easter
B1439 Dreamer
B1440 Fancy Fair
B1441 Buggy Love
B1444 Greatest Love
B1445 Happy Hive
B1450 Owls
C1571 You're the Best
C1573 Do Your Best
C1574 Believe in Yourself
C1577 Mother's Day
C1579 Coming Up Roses
C1583 Robot Family
D1547 Paper Doll
D1579 Windy Day
M1035 Newlyweds
M1036 Perfect Polka-Dot Day
M1037 Balloons
M1038 Shooting Star
M1039 Good Job Stencil
M1040 Parasol
M1041 Hi
M1042 Colored Egg
To place your order, visit my website and join the January Mystery Hostess event to be eligible for FREE Hostess Gifts.  If you place an order of at least $25 in product, by the end of the day January 27, 2015, I will send you this FREE stamp, called "XOXO", and a handmade card!
Have a blessed and enjoyable week!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Technique Blog Hop - Charmed, I'm Sure!

If you are coming from Michelle's Blog, you are on the right track!  12 Close To My Heart Consultants are showcasing the "Charmed, I'm Sure!" technique highlighted in our Annual Inspirations Idea Book, found on page 133.  You can find the beginning of the hop by clicking here.  
"Jewelry isn't the only thing that can be charming.  Dazzle up your papercrafts with the shine of a few small charms from the Base & Bling line!  Tie them on, adhere them, or simply let them dangle.  Go ahead, add a little charm to all of your projects!"
I have a lot of CTMH addictions (lol) and I find myself regularly finding a new one.  One of them are these fun My Creations Mini Books that come in Black and Kraft.  They are so super easy and fun to put together and simple enough for inserting your favorite photos.  I used the Avonlea Picture My Life Cards to decorate this kraft album.  A camera charm was perfect for a nice touch on the front cover and very fitting for what potential the mini book has inside.  (I used a retired "paper clip" to adhere it.)
Some of the pages, with little touches, follow.  I didn't want to do too much to take away from the cards or to limit the recipient from their intent for this book.  (I did use it as a gift at a holiday exchange.)

Thanks for stopping by and keeping moving through the hop to see what other fun creations there are.  You'll head over to Catherine's Blog next but please consider leaving a comment before you do so.

Happy Friday eve and happy hoppin'!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Card Buffet with Fun Cards!

Later this month, I'm hosting a Card Buffet Workshop where attendees will have the opportunity to choose from 10 different card designs for just $15!  With some of the cards, the participants will even have the opportunity to switch out the sentiment to suit their current needs.  Too fun, right?!
I'll be sharing individual pictures of the cards in upcoming posts so be sure to check them out.  If you live in the DFW metroplex, I'd love to have you join me in person for this fun workshop which will be held on Monday, January 26th.  (I can also prepare kits to ship if you aren't local to me but would still like to enjoy these fun cards.)

Contact me with any questions or you can sign up by clicking HERE.  Have a great day!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

ESPN College Gameday in North Texas!

So...I am almost as addicted to football as my husband is.  (It's his fault.  LOL)  Even if he is not home when there are games on, our tv is tuned in.  I LOVE football and don't like the non-football part of the year so I try and soak it all in when it is in season.

College Gameday has been in Dallas/Fort Worth all week in anticipation of the National College Championship, between Oregon and Ohio State (I have yet to decide who I am cheering for but I am thinking Oregon...), that will be held on Monday night at AT&T Stadium (aka "Jerry's World).  My hubby and I finally took some time on Friday to go check out the sights and scenes.
This is us in Del Friscos' Grille - right across from the various sets.
Here is a view of the outside set, from directly behind it.
This is an angle view from where I was standing when I was on the broadcast, in the background, as shown in the next photo (below).
My parents saw me several times on tv during the the broadcast.  Too fun!  A little tv fame... :)
I knew they would zoom in on Jesse Palmer.  LOL
This was another outside set and I got shown on tv several times during this segment.
As we sat, part of the time inside - because it was COLD - we saw quite a few of the ESPN commentators.  Corey knew all the commentators - male and female - by name as we came across them.  He had several conversations with several of them which was pretty cool.  People who were around had no idea who they were so that made for a relaxing atmosphere (for them, I'm sure).

Here I am taking a photo with Lee Corso.  Kirk Herbstreit had just come down the stairs prior but they were on a mission to get somewhere so I was not able to stop him.
And...Tebow... :)  He was getting ready to get on set for the next segment so rather than asking him for a picture with him, I just asked if I could take his picture.  He turned and posed for me - and me alone, I'll have you know (LOL).  Fabulous photo, right?!  I would have given anything to be in a photo with him but I'll take this.  I was very close to him and had to take a few steps back to get a full body picture (of course ha/ha).  Cracking myself up!
This is Darren Woodson, a retired Safety with the Dallas Cowboys who retired in 2004.  I just asked him to take a photo of him and he started walking to me.  I said, "Oh!  You'll take one with me?!"  He said, "Of course!"  YAY!
It was in the low 30s all day but we had a BLAST!  It was just a nice and enjoyable outing with my hubby and I got some great photo opps!  Woohoo!

I can't leave without saying...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Cheering on the Cowboys!

We were blessed to be able to attend the Cowboys' playoff game last weekend against the Lions - GOOOOOO COWBOYS!  (Thank you, Dad!)  It was such a fun and electric atmosphere!  We had a blast!

We started off the day at Blue Mesa, enjoying a delicious brunch before making our way towards the stadium for kick-off.
Gotta show up early to watch pre-game!

 It was a bit chilly - more windy than anything - so we had to buy some fun hats on our way to the stadium!  (This photo was actually taken after the game.)
So I am a die-hard Cowboys fan - win or lose - so I will be cheering them on big time this Sunday as they take on the Packers!  A win would be AWESOME!  

Cheering them on from TX!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Heartstrings Thank You Card

We did a secret Santa exchange among my CTMH team members over the holidays, through my "Heartfelt Sentiments" Team, and this is one of the fun cards I received from my downline, Debi.  Isn't it cute?
She used the Heartstrings paper packet and coordinating cardstock.  Love the colors and the texture, from the embossing folder, is a fabulous touch.  I love it and had to share it with you!

Winter has arrived in north Texas!  Great reason to stay inside this papercraft!  I usually don't need a reason but I'll take it; just makes the most sense!  ha/ha

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

National Papercrafting Month Blog Hop

Happy National Papercrafting Month and thanks for celebrating it with us at Close To My Heart!
If you are coming from Melinda's Blog, you are on the right track and we are thrilled to have you as we showcase the papers, stamps and fun included in this exclusive kit.  There are 20 of us participating in this hop.  Should you get lost along the way, please visit this link to get back on track.

Wanting to step away from the mini book intended for this kit - which is super fun, by the way - I decided to use the 6 x 6 Canvas Display to see what I could come up with.  Deciding the stamps were perfect for making known my goals for 2015, I decided to use it for so and will be putting it on a stand on my desk.  It will serve as a daily reminder of the things I set forth to do throughout the new year.
 I LOVE the check list that is a stamp included in this kit and the paper is cheery to add to the fun!  I kept the display simple so I could focus on the intended.  I figure it will also be a great display piece for my CTMH events as people get to know me a little better.  I hope you like it.
To find out how you can get your hands on this fabulous kit during this month only, please visit this link and contact me with any questions you may have.

Now, hop on over to Sheila's Blog.  I am sure she has something fun up her sleeve!  Be sure to leave a comment, if you feel led, before you do so.

Happy hoppin'!

Monday, January 5, 2015

CTMH Paper Focus Blog Hop - Heartstrings

Welcome to our Team Blog Hop where we are featuring Close To My Heart's paper packet, "Heartstrings".  Isn't it just beautiful?! doesn't look as as fabulous in the photo as it does in person!  You'll have to get you some to see for yourself!
If you are coming from Debi McBain's Blog, you are on the right track.  Should you get lost along the way, a complete list of participants is listed at the end of this post.

While the "Heartstrings" paper pack and stamp set screams, Valentine's Day to me - which I love - I decided to make an attempt at a different theme. I have several papercrafting addictions...Shimmer Trim, Enamel Hearts, and a new one...BANNERS!  When a card needs a little something more, try a dove-tailed banner.  Works perfectly almost every time.  LOL
I made three banners for this card, using the back side of the Lagoon B&T (gotta love having both sides to work with), some Cotton Candy cardstock and of course, Silver Shimmer Trim! I added two Silver Sequins for some sparkle (soon to become another addition - lol).

I incorporated the January Stamp of the Month, "This Moment", which goes perfectly with the paper packet.  Now that I'm looking at this card... I'm thinking that "Be Amazing" should be my mantra for the year.  Hmmm...  Never hurts to be inspired by artwork!
Head on over to Melissa David's Blog to check out her CUTE stuff, after leaving a comment, if you would like.  (I always love reading your thoughts regarding my artwork.)

Happy hoppin'!

Here is a list of the participants:
  1. Melissa Robinson -
  2. Melissa David -
  3. Debi Barber -
  4. Aggie Peters -
  5. Tonya Whitehurst -
  6. Judy Faye Garner -
  7. Debi McBain -