Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November Stamp of the Month "Capture the Date" Blog Hop

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Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! Over 60 Close to My Heart talented Consultants are participating in the hop this month. You can start here or from any of the other participating blogs and just follow the links at the top and bottom of the posts. Eventually you will make it all the way around and view over 60 ideas using this fabulous stamp set!  If you came here from the amazing Melissa Laverty's blog then you are on the right track.  If you hit a few bumps in the road then you can always view the entire list on Kathleen's blog here.

My prayers go out to all of you weathering the storm in the East. To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of this promotion during November.

You can use this stamp set for virtually ANY celebration. Just use the numbers and dates on your card or scrapbook layout and it will be specialized for any occasion. It would also be a fabulous set for an invitation as well. Here are the images that come with the Stamp of the Month:

This set is available for purchase for $17.95 OR you can get it for just $5 with any order of $50 or more! You can order it through my website here. PLUS when you place an order of $50 or more in full retail products and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, for just $5, you can receive a stamp set of your choice (size A–E or M) for 50% off!

Here is the sample that I made using the set and I can't wait to play with it more.


I used my fabulous Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste Cartridge to cut the heart shaped "Swing"card from the La Belle Vie papers. Other products are:
Nov SOTM: Capture the Date
Blush Ink Pad
Black Ink Pad
Clear Sparkles
Colonial White Rosette Ribbon
Bling Assortment
Tombow Adhesive
3-D Foam Tape
All the products can be purchased from your consultant or my website.

Please leave a comment or let me know if you have any questions and then hop on over to Beth Mindemann's blog to see what she has created! Pin It

Monday, October 29, 2012

Holiday Workshop Projects

Pin It Here are the projects from my last workshop. I actually have one extra set of these that I will send to the first person that orders $50 or more before 10/31. The projects also come with a list of supplies and I will be happy to provide instructions if you have any questions as well. You can order by emailing me at with your list or order through my website here. You can also view a catalog/Idea Book here. Let me know if you have any questions!

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CTMH Halloween Banner

Pin It We had a fun Halloween party last weekend and I just had to make a banner for a centerpiece.

I used the Close to My Heart Spellbound Workshop on the Go Kit along with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge to create the banner. They give directions on how to make and adorable "Boo" banner, but I wanted to make a "Halloween" banner instead. I cut the banner bases with the Cricut cartridge at 4" tall.  Let me know if you have any questions!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Use Close to My Heart Alcohol-Based Markers and Pigment Pads to Bring Your Artwork to Life

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cheap and Easy Flash/Lighting Tips for People, Cards, or Scrapbook Pages

Pin It Most of us have different cameras whether they are a dSLR, point and shoot, or even a cell phone.  We also have a wide range of photography knowledge, but most of us have something in common: we want to take better pictures as long as it isn't too hard or expensive. Right!?  Here are a few tips that use little to no money and can be used when taking pictures of your friends and family and even artwork such as cards or scrapbook pages. I'm not claiming the photos below are professional grade, but I had about 5 minutes of my daughter's patience to get examples to show you. (BTW, why is it that photographers' children don't like having their pictures taken?) 

Tip #1: Use a white plastic bag over your camera's flash to diffuse the light. Yes, you can buy a magnificent external flash, but this post is for the everyday Joe Jane.
No Flash
Using the Camera's Flash (YUCK!)
Using a white plastic bag over the camera's flash. Isn't she cute!?

Tip #2: Buy a white poster board at the Dollar Tree or craft store to use as a reflector. 
Outside in the shade without anything
The white board is held at her waist angled to reflect the light up towards her face. Can you tell she's getting a little silly at this point?

Remember, these tips can be used to help illuminate your artwork too. Although I prefer natural light, I will often use to plastic bag technique if I need to take a quick picture of a card or scrapbook layout at night. Stay tuned for more pictures and tips! Feel free to leave a comment or ask any questions!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pear & Partridge Cards

Pin It Here are a few cards from my team meeting on Monday. The first one is my swap card and the next one is the beautiful project that we made with direction from Brandee Pittenger . They both use the Pear & Partridge Paper Packet.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

October "Pear & Partridge" Workshop!

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Even though it is still sunny outside, October is usually the month when we crafters start thinking about what we will make for the holidays. Can you believe there is only 80 days until Christmas!? Well let's check one thing off the list early - the cards!  Join us to make 4 different cards and a little candy treat that is perfect for your coworkers, neighbors, friends, etc.

What: Make 5 projects and learn a variety of new techniques!
When: Sat, October 13th from 10:00 - 12:00
Place: Angela's Home in Fircrest, WA
RSVP: by 9/11
Cost: $5 for supplies with purchase of $20+ (or a $25 workshop fee)
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

CTMH Halloween Invitation

Pin It Every September I say, "I want to have a Halloween party" and for one reason or another it has never happened. Well this year, we are actually going to do it!  I made these invitations using all Close to My Heart products. The cards were cut using the amazing Cricut Artiste Cartridge. They were cut at 3 1/2 inches, allowing me to get 3 out of one piece of 12x12 black cardstock. These are very similar to the cards I made for my team swap last month, so I ran out of the spotted border and had to come up with an alternative. I grabbed my beautiful black and white striped ribbon and used that as a card band instead. I almost like them better! I had to add a little bling by adding a Bitty Sparkle on the "ï" in Elixir.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Black Cardstock
Sweet Leaf Cardstock
Magic Potions Stamp Set
Spellbound Workshop on the Go
Black Ink Pad
White Daisy Ink Pad
Smokey Plum Ink Pad
Sponge Daubers
Cricut Artiste Cartridge
Sanding Block
Bitty Sparkles
Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon  Pin It

Monday, October 1, 2012

Two Exciting October Specials!

Pin It I can't even believe that October is here already. It is still 70 degrees here in Western Washington and I am trying to soak in every last sun ray that I can before the rain starts. October is typically the time when us papercrafters start thinking about Christmas. (Shhhhh did I say that word?)  Well you if would like to get  a head start on your Christmas cards or just love to collect Christmas stamps, then this is the month for you!  Here is the BEAUTIFUL October Stamp of the Month:

This "Very Merry Christmas" stamp set can be purchased on my website here.

Also, make sure you check out the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where you can see over 60 different ideas using this fabulous set!


Now for the October Special!
Customers that purchase 9 Studio J Layouts will get the 10th one free!
October is the month to save on Studio J® layouts. In this special promotion, when you buy 9 Studio J layouts, you’ll get another custom-printed layout for free! It’s the perfect opportunity to try this fast and easy online software for the first time. The discount is automatically applied to your cart when you order 10 or more layouts. You can get up to 4 free layouts with this fantastic promotion! So what are you waiting for? Start your online scrapbooking today!
Visit Studio J to place a qualifying order and get your free layout—only in October!

*Taxes and shipping/handling may apply. Offer good during above-specified dates, while supplies last.
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