Thursday, December 31, 2009

January Stamp of the Month "True Friends" Blog Hop

Pin It Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  Just jump on in and join the fun!  How does it work?  Below you will find a sample of my artwork that uses the January Stamp of the Month, plus a link to another consultant's blog which will have another sample and a link to another blog showing more artwork using this fantastic set.  All in all, you should be able to see about 50-60 different samples!  Now let's get started! 

Here is the 4" x 4" card I made:

Supplies Used are from the NEW Spring Idea Book!

Item#      Description                                                 Page    Price
D1406    True Friends January Stamp of the Month   108     0-22.95
C1390    So Lucky Stamp Set                                    36      18.95
X7121B  Caboodle Level 2 Paper Packet                  18      12.95
Z2117     Crystal Blue Ink Pad                                   101      5.25
Z2166     Tulip Ink Pad                                              101      5.25
Z2153     Sweet Leaf Ink Pad                                    101      5.25
Z1216     Winter Cozy Brad Assort                            92        4.95
Z1126     Colonial White Ribbon Rounds                    90        7.95
Z1151     3-D Foam Tape                                          96         5.95
Small Scalloped Paper Trimmers

All products can be ordered on my website
Now "hop" on over to Jenifer Benner's blog for another great idea and to continue on the hop!  Note: Click here for another idea using the January Stamp of the Month AND the Felicity Special that I posted on 1/24/10, so be sure and check that out too. Thanks! Pin It

Friday, December 18, 2009

National Paper Crafting Month Special!


The collection features decorative die-cut paper, three gorgeous color schemes, and a D-size stamp set that include flowers, flourishes, argyle patterns, birds, and an entire alphabet! Your papercrafting possibilities are endless!

There are three ways to get the Felicity collection:

• Purchase it at full retail price for $34.95. (CC1008)

• Place an order of $60 or more in full-retail priced stamp sets (A, B, C, D, and E-size) and receive one collection FREE! (CC1008A)

Excludes: Stamp of the Month, Art & Soul,® Workshop on the Go,™ and customizable (K) stamp sets.

• Place an order of $125 or more in full-retail priced Close To My Heart products and receive one collection FREE! (CC1008B)

The campaign also has enticing opportunities for hostesses and new Consultants. Hostesses get the collection FREE with a Home Gathering sales total of $400 or more, and new Consultants who join Close To My Heart between January 1–31 will receive the collection FREE in their New Consultant Kit.

Celebrate with the Felicity Collection today!

Campaign Dates:

Customers and Hostesses: December 15, 2009—January 31, 2010

New Consultants: January 1–31, 2010

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Gift Card Idea

Pin It Whew! This has been one crazy week!  Three Christmas parties, a memorial service out of town, and a company retreat all wrapped up in 7 days!  Toss in 14 degree weather and a little snow and it makes for an interesting week.

My wonderful friend, Juel, sent me this idea today that I wanted to share with you as well:
Gift Card Holder

If you create one, please feel free to post the link in the comments so everyone else can see it, okay?


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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stairstep Calendar with December Stamp of the Month

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We made this fun calendar at my November Workshop using  the Emporium Papers and the December Stamp of the Month.  I created the tear-off calendar with MS Publisher, but you can also find some wallet sized calendars online in case you don't have Publisher.  You can find the directions for the stair-step calendar here or I'm more than happy to show you how to make it in person. These are great holiday gifts or for your own desk!  Pin It

Friday, December 4, 2009

Northwest Trek Adventure

Pin It My son's class went to Northwest Trek in Enumclaw, WA today.  Even though it was FREEZING, we saw a lot of amazing animals.  It was a great reminder that we live in one of the most beautiful areas in the U.S. and what a gift God's creatures are to us!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Holiday Heyday" Online CLEARANCE SALE!

shopping a little late this year, because the best deals start now! You can buy everyone on your list a gift and stock up on much-needed supplies, leaving you time to enjoy the festivities!

Beginning December 2nd, you’ll want to get in on the amazing deals like My Acrylix® stamp sets from $2 and My Reflections® paper packets from $5. But that’s not all—we have “grab bags” for $30, each filled with over $100 in retail products! Plus, great shipping deals on orders over $100. These products are only available until December 17th or while supplies last, so don't miss out!

Shop Now!

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December Stamp of the Month "Notice the Details" Card

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This is a fun 4x4 card using this months' special stamp set.  I paired it with a great color combination: Chocolate, Sorbet, Twilight, and Garden Green. 

See more ideas and details here.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Happy Holidays to You!

Pin It Here is my family and sister wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Super Simple Friend Card

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I donated a child's cardmaking party to our school auction last year and this is one of the cards the girls made.  It uses the summer 2009 special, "Tickled Pink" stamp set, but D1354 Endless Friendship would work great too.  I also used the "friend" stamp from the D1258 Friendship Word Puzzle set.  Other products used are White Daisy cardstock, corner rounder, and Juniper, Tulip, Creme Brulee, and Black ink pads.  These would make a fun notecard set to give as a Christmas or holiday gift too! Pin It

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Thanksgiving Poem

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A Thanksgiving Thought
by Joan Walsh Anglund

It's time for the turkey,
It's time for the pies,
It's time for the glow
in each child's eyes.

It's time for our prayers
of Thanksgiving to start;
It's time for love
to abide in our hearts!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! God Bless!
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Scrapbookers Rap

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Childhood Portrait Card

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Today I'd like to share another card from my workshop last Saturday.  It uses 3 of my favorite paper packets that I would have never put together until I watched  fall episode of Art and Soul.  The papers all have a Sweet Leaf or Crystal Blue background paper which go together nicely.  It's a simple card, but a fun example of how to use the print of your background papers.  The card pattern is from the Wishes Card Confidence Book.  Enjoy!

D1373 Childhood Portrait
D1343 Love Language
Cocoa Ink Pad
Emporium Level 2 Paper
Magic Moments Level 2 Paper
Twitterpated Level 2 Paper Pin It

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tri-Fold Gift Card Holder Using Glitter Rub Ons!

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This is a fun gift card holder that we made at my workshop last Saturday.  Last month on Art and Soul, they talked about how fun it is to use the back of your background paper to coordinate with different paper packs.  If one pack uses Sweet Leaf, look in your other packs for a different pattern that is Sweet Leaf.  It is really fun to see what combinations you can put together, plus it extends the use of your paper too!

Directions:  Cut a piece of cardstock to 4" x 8 1/4"
Score at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"

Decorate each panel to your liking.  I added an eyelet (not shown) to the right/center on the front and fed a piece of white organdy ribbon through it, under the focal piece that is raised with foam tape, around the entire holder, and finished it off with a bow.  On the inside/right panel, cut a piece of background paper in a triangle and glue down the bottom and right side as a pocket for your gift card.

Ingredients Used:  All Close to My Heart supplies
D1366 Holiday Trinkets Stamp Set
D1330 Connections Stamp Set
D1313 December Word Puzzle
X7105B Emporium Level 2 Paper Packet
X7101B Magic Moments Level 2 Paper Packet
X7115B Jingle Level 2 Paper Packet
Z1222 Glitter Rubons
Z100 5/8" Organdy White Ribbon
Z2153 Sweet Leaf Pad
Z2166 Tulip Pad
Z1208 Soft Set Eyelet Tool
Z1228 Black/White Softset Eyelets
Z1104 Sparkles
Z1151 Foam Tape

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Holiday Gift Ideas for Non-Crafters & Crafters Alike!

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Holiday Gift Ideas
Did you know Close to My Heart has holiday gifts for your friends and family whether they enjoy crafting or not?  Here are some ideas you can order via phone, email, or directly on my website!

Under $15 (or Stocking Stuffers!)
Item # Description   Price

  •  Z1038 3”x3” Album  $3.95
  • Z1165 Braggin’ Tag Album  $4.95
  • Ribbon Rounds (great for girls’ hair bows!)  $7.95-9.95
  • Card Kits  $12.95-14.95
  • Z1195 Memory Showcase (+ Level 1 or 2 Kit)  $3.95-5.95
  • Z1038 My Acrylix Organizer (+ Cards)  $12.95
  • Z1117 Acrylic Album (+ Rub Ons)  $14.95
  • Calendars (+ My Stickease)  $7.95-16.95
  • Custom Name or Address Stamp  $7.95-20.95
Under $30
Item # Description  Price
  • Z1199 Life’s Delights Showcase  $17.95
  • 6x6 Album (+ Level 1 Kit)  $18.95
  • 9x9 Album (+Simply Snapshots)  $22.95
  • How-to-Programs $21.95-$29.95
  • Expressives Font CDS  $15.95
Under $50
Item # Description  Price
  • 12x12 Album  $27.95-$49.95
  • Pocket Storage Pages $8.95
  • Level 1 Kit $9.95-$10.95
  • Z4201 Shoulder Tote  $39.95
  • Z1299 Distressing Kit  $35.95
  • Accessory Case (w/My Accents Stacks)  $19.95
Under $100

Item # Description  Price
  • Album Starter Kit:
12x12 Album $27.95-$49.95
Level 1 Kit $9.95-$10.95
1514 Tombow Adhesive  $8.95
Z338 Paper Trimmer $29.95

You can also purchase a Gift Certificate for any amount!
(List was compiled by our Tutton's Treasures Team)

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

New "Sparkle of the Season" CTMH TV Special!

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Check out this month's CTMH TV Special!  Learn new techniques and receive a discount on the stamp set used in the webisode!  Go to My Website to see it now!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Multi-Pocket Envelope Mini Album

Pin It I had to try this fun idea and it turned out great!  Everyone that attended our CTMH Special Event had a chance to make one and they loved it too!

Products Used:
  • (1) #10 Envelope 
  • Friendship Word Puzzle Stamp Set 
  • 1" x 1/2" Acrylic Block 
  • 1" x 3" Acrylic Block 
  • Twitterpated Paper Packet:
  • (1) 3" x 11 3/4" Brown/Colonial Gingham B&T 
  • (1) 3" x 4 1/4" Brown/Colonial Gingham B&T 
  • (2) 2" x 4 1/16" Brown/Colonial Gingham B&T 
  • (1) 3 1/4" x 3 1/2" Brown/Colonial Gingham B&T 
  • (1) 3 3/4" x 3 7/8" Sorbet CS 
  • (1) 2" x 3 7/8" Sorbet CS 
  • (1) 3 5/8" x 3 1/2" Striped B&T 
  • (1) 3 5/8" x 4 1/2" Stripe B&T 
  • (1) 3 7/8" x 4 3/4" Chocolate CS 
  • (2) 3 1/2 x 3 3/4" Chocolate CS 
  • (1) 1 3/4" x 3 5/8" Blue/Green circle B&T 
  • (1) 3 1/4" x 3 1/2" Sorbet/Polka dot B&T 
  • (1) 1/2" x 2 3/4" Colonial White CS 
  • (1) 3/4" x 1 1/2" Colonial White CS 
  • (1) 1" x 1 3/4" Sweet Leaf CS 
  • (1) 3/4" x 3" Chocolate CS 
  • (2) 3 1/2" x 3 3/4" Chocolate CS 
  • (2) 3/4" Circle Crystal Blue CS 
  • (4) Colonial White or Bamboo Brads 
  • (1) Tiny Chocolate Button 
  • Colonial White or Bamboo Waxy Flax 
  • (1) 1/2" White Daisy Just Blooms 
  • Journey Journaling Spots 
  • 1/4" hole punch 
  • Chocolate Ink Pad 
  • Sorbet Ink Pad 
  • 1 1/2" Circle Punch or Coluzzle
  • Corner Rounder 
  • Paper Trimmer with scoring tool 
  • Sponge for chocolate ink 
  • Tombow Adhesive 
  • Glue Dots
  • Sanding Block

Directions can be found on You Tube
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Monday, November 9, 2009

Make This at Your Party in Nov or Dec!

Pin It This is a great project to make for small gifts this holiday season.  You and your friends can make one for FREE at your home party in either November or December!  Also receive:
  • One stamp set FREE with any purchase of any two sets this month in November
  • Wonderful hostess rewards anytime
Let me know if you're interested!





Products Used:
Cardstock/Stamp Pads: Tulip, Sweet Leaf, Cocoa , White Daisy


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Iris Folding - Holiday Card

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This is one of my all time favorite techniques.  Our dual-sided background and texture paper lends itself really well to it.  Simply take strips of B&T paper, fold over one long edge so you have a clean edge, then lay them on top of each other in a circular pattern on the back of a piece of cardstock that has been cut with a circle cutter.  If you need further explanation, please call me or send me an email.  This is a great workshop card! Pin It

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Cute as a Button Card

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This is a cute little 3" x 4 3/4" card.  I used the sanding block from the distressing kit to sand a piece of Sweet Leaf Cardstock, then used a sponge and Chocolate Ink to distress the edges of the card and button. 

Z1230 Dimensional Elements In Color - Organic
Z1126 Colonial White Ribbon Rounds
Z280 Natural Hemp
X7118B Twitterpated Level 2 Papers
Z1299 Distressing Kit
X2111 Chocolate Ink Pad

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Many Thanks with Organic Dimensional Elements

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wishes - Creative Basics Card

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This was a fun card we made at my last workshop that uses the Jingle Creative Basics Paper and ribbon.  The pattern can be found in our Wishes Card Confidence Program Book. Enjoy! Pin It

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Pin It I hope you are having a great day!  I just sent out my latest newsletter and hope you will check it out. 
November Newsletter

Please respond and let me know if you would like to join my mailing list. 

(Please don't sign up if you are already a CTMH Consultant. Consultants, feel free to email me if you would like a sample of my newsletter sent to you. Thank you!) Pin It

Sunday, November 1, 2009

CTMH Stampaganza! Buy 2 Get 1 FREE!

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WHETHER YOU’RE A LONG-TIME FAN OF STAMPS OR ARE just venturing into this fun hobby, now is the perfect time to grab some Close to My Heart My Acrylix® decorative stamp sets! From November 3–30, 2009, when you purchase any two stamp sets (sizes A, B, C, D, and/or E only) at full retail price you will receive a third stamp set of your choice FREE (of equal or lesser value)—a savings of up to $22.95! Choose from any stamp set offered in any 2009 Idea Book or the current Product Review. Take advantage of this month’s great offer to add to your assortment of these innovative stamps!

Order Here!
November is the perfect time to host a class!  Get this special on your personal order, PLUS get free hostess rewards!  Pin It

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

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A blast from the past - FRANK!
This is a vintage DOTS/CTMH stamp from the ol' days.  He and his wife Honey were quite popular!  I created this card using the new Twitterpated papers.  I also used reinker to turn our white paint into Sweet Leaf paint for the Foundry Bookplate.  Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

October Stamp of the Month - Holiday Warmth Snowflakes

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Products Used:
Oct. Stamp of the Month
Heavenly Blue Cardstock and Ink
Chocolate Cardstock and Ink
Sweet Leaf Cardstock and Ink
Prisma Glitter
Glue Pen
Edge Distresser Pin It

October Stamp of the Month - Holiday Warmth

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CTMH Products Used:
Jingle Level 2 Paper
Liquid Glass
Prisma Glitter
Cranberry Brads

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Many Thanks with Twitterpated Paper

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Item#   Description  Page  Price

D1371 Many Thanks 23 22.95

X7118B Twitterpated Level 2 Papers 22 12.95

Z2164 Sorbet Ink Pad 101 5.25

Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad 100 5.25

Z2153 Sweet Leaf Ink Pad 101 5.25

Z1230 Dimensional Elements In Color 95 3.50

Z697 Sponge 97 1.25

Z1297 Edge Distresser 97 2.50

Z1151 3-D Foam Tape 99 5.95

Z679 Liquid Glass 98 6.95

Z1127 Chocolate Ribbon Rounds 90 7.95

Z280 Natural Hemp 91 2.25

Z726 Sponge Dauber 97 3.95

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Home for the Holidays Card

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This was a fun card we made at my workshop last Saturday.  We used liquid glass and fun flock on the tree and house to make it look like snow.  It's a little hard to see in the photo, but it's cute in person.  Enjoy!

C1384 Neighborhood Stamp Set
D1243 Peace on Earth Stamp Set
X7116 Sweet Home Level 2 Paper Packet
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z263 Fun Flock
Z2130 Indian Corn Blue Ink Pad
X2120 Garden Green Ink Pad
Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad
Z1052 Ricrac Ribbon Rounds
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Scrapbook Funny/Joke

Pin It I saw this and thought it was too funny!

Top 10 Signs of a Scrapbook Addict 
  1. You're the only one at a social gathering yelling, "Just one more photo, folks; I don't have enough for a two-page spread!
  2. A regular sandwich is no longer acceptable--it must be cropped or cut with decorative edges.
  3. You try to claim your album purchases as a medical expense because it's such good "therapy".
  4. You buy a new pink swimsuit because it matches the pink photo mounting paper.
  5. You decide to give your child piano lessons so you'll be able to use the musical instrument stickers that are in the Big Pack.
  6. You redecorate your family room to coordinate with your photo album covers.
  7. Your three year old wants to know if her coloring book is "archival quality".
  8. Your three-year-old wants to know if her coloring book is "archival quality."
  9. Scraps from your corner rounder cuttings can be found in unusual places: school lunch bags, briefcases, the laundry, the dog's water bowl.
  10. Of course a scrapbook addict doesn't follow a 12 step program but a 12 x 12 step one.
Nicole Humphrey writes articles for the Scrapbooking Blog and for the Frugal Blog. She also guest blogs on a variety of topics. You can read more of her articles by clicking here. Pin It

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Eyelets, Eyelets, & More Eyelets

Pin It I LOVE LOVE LOVE our new Soft Set Eyelet Kit! I was shocked at how easy it was to use the first time I tried it and so were my customers.  Close to My Heart's new eyelets are notched so they split open very easily when a slight bit of pressures is added using the special eyelet setter.  Here are a few cards I made recently:

Products Used
Card #1:
Item#  Description  Page  Price

D1371 Many Thanks 23 22.95
D1366 Holiday Trinkets Set 11 22.95
X 7116B Sweet Home Level 2 Papers 14 12.95
Z2110 Buttercup Ink Pad 101 5.25
Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad 10 5.25
Z891 VersaMark Pad 96 9.95
Z673 White Embossing Powder 96 3.95
Z555 Craft Heater 96 29.95
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape 99 5.95
Z1208 Soft Set Eyelet Tool 97 14.95
Z1229 Soft Set Eyelets 93 3.95
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape 99 5.95

Card #2:
D1371 Many Thanks 23 22.95
X7116B Sweet Home Level 2 Papers 14 12.95
Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad 10 5.25
Z1208 Soft Set Eyelet Tool 97 14.95
Z1229 Soft Set Eyelets 93 3.95
1300 White Daisy Just Blooms 92 7.95
D1212 Playful Flourishes Set Sm76 22.95
Z270 White Grosgrain 91 6.95
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