Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Simply Inspired Blog Hop - Seasonal Expressions 2


Welcome to another Simply Inspired Blog Hop. This month we are featuring projects made using brand new products from Close to my Heart’s new Seasonal Expressions 2 Mini Catalog. If you arrived here from Debbi Fournier’s blog, then you are in the right place.


I fell in love with the new Wavy Blooms stamp set as soon as I saw it. I used it to create this set of cards. I stamped three flowers onto a piece of White Daisy cardstock with Cocoa Pigment ink and embossed them with Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder. This made it easy to color them in with ShinHan Touch Twin markers.



After coloring in each flower, I cut them out with Micro-Tip Scissors. I stamped the flower again onto a piece of 3¾" x 5" White Daisy cardstock along with one of the sweet sentiments from the Wavy Blooms stamp set. Then I adhered the colored flower on top with some 3-D Foam Tape. I matted the entire piece to some colored cardstock (Lagoon, Canary, and Gypsy) with more 3-D Foam Tape and then added them to the card bases.

Isn’t the Wavy Blooms stamp set pretty? It has quickly become one of my favorites!


While my markers and stamps were still out on my desk, I decided to try to make some coordinating envelope liners. I colored a piece of ink jet paper with the markers to see if I could create a coordinating color. (The paper I used is from Staples and can be found here.) I didn't want to use cardstock because I thought it might be too thick to use as an envelope liner. The ink jet paper worked perfectly! After I colored the paper, I stamped some flowers on top in Cocoa ink



Thanks so much for stopping by. Now hop on over to Bren Yule’s blog to see her fabulous creation. If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all of the participants here.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Project Kit - Blossom Layout, Cards & Mini Album Kit


This month’s project kit is almost like three kits in one! We will be using one of Close to my Heart’s new Collections called Blossom to make a 12" x 12" layout, 6 cards, and a fun 12-page mini album. The class will be held on Thursday, April 23rd at 7pm. If you are not local, you are more than welcome to order a project kit. See below for ordering instructions.


There are two pricing options for this kit. 

Option #1 - $40 
Includes all of the following to make the layout and 6 cards:
(4) A2 White Cards and Envelopes
(2) 3" x 3" Cards and Envelopes
(2) Sheets 12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
Pre-cut brackets, flowers, leaves, and layout title
Step-by-step Instructions

Option #2 - $48
Includes everything above plus: 
(1) 12-page 4" x 4" My Creations Mini Mix Album

You may also choose to add the Scallop Embossing Folder for just $8 more. (Your kit will come with two pieces of pre-embossed cardstock, but if you would like to make more in the future, you will want this great embossing folder.)

Additional supplies that will be needed to complete the projects:
Adhesive: 3-D Foam Tape (regular and thin)

This month’s kit comes with a very special stamp set called Happy Everything. Close to my Heart donates $3 to Operation Smile for each Happy Everything stamp set that is purchased. Not only will you be receiving an adorable stamp set, but you will also be helping a child in need of a surgical procedure to correct facial deformities.


This is the layout that we will be making.




We will also be making 2 each of 3 cards designs. 






  For an additional $8, you will also receive the 12-page 4" x 4" My Creations Mini Mix Album with instructions. (This would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift!)






Contact me if you would like more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than April 8th if you would like to join us for the class.

Kits ordered by April 8th will be mailed by April 25th.
Kits ordered after April 8th, will be mailed within two weeks.
All kits/classes need to be paid for in advance. 
Thank you for understanding.


To order a kit(s), you may either send me a check or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the “Add to Cart” buttons below. Be sure to use the drop down menu to choose your kit options. If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please chose the shipped option. $6 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)


Blossom Kit - local
Use this option if you will be attending the class or picking up your kit(s).
 


Blossom Kit - shipped
Use this option if you would like your kit(s) shipped to you.
$6 will be added for shipping.


To learn more about my “no-commitment” Creative Club, click here.
You do not need to be local to participate.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Promotions

New Seasonal Expressions Catalog is here!


The new Seasonal Expressions Catalog is now live and you are going to love it! It is filled with lots of great new stamp sets, paper collections, albums, accessories, and more! View the new mini catalog online here and place your order here.



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Deal of the Day
Score a deal each day with Close to my Heart!


Love a great deal? How about 30 days of great deals? During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close to my Heart! What deals am I talking about? Each day during April, while supplies last, we’ll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close to my Heart products available for purchase at a major discount. To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart through my website and you will then be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last.) Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 to $150. Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay! Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 2pm (PDT) each day and only while supplies last—so visit often and early! Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!


*Offer valid April 1, 2015 (2:00pm PDT) - May 1, 2015 (1:59pm PDT). A given grab bag offer will only be available for 24 hours each day starting at 2:00 pm PDT through my website. Tax and shipping/handling will be charged based on the amount actually paid for the grab bag(s). Amounts paid for grab bag(s) are not eligible for gathering totals and Hostess Rewards.

Click here or on the image below to start shopping.


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April Stamp of the Month - Typed Note
Get this adorable stamp set for just $5!



With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-sized Stamp of the Month set for just $5! Add the stamp set to your cart here at full retail price ($17.95) or, with your qualifying order of $50, add it to your cart for the promotional price of just $5.



Set of 19
Recommended blocks:
1" x 3½" (Y1002), 2" x2" (Y1003), 4" x 5" (Y1012) 

Click here or on the image below to order your April Stamp of the Month.

Monday, March 9, 2015

March Stamp of the Month - Monogrammed Card


The March Stamp of the Month called Choose Happy is such a fun set. I love the whimsical frames, borders, and sentiments. I created this card by stamping one of the frames on a piece of scrap cardstock in Black ink and then coloring it in with the following ShinHan Touch Twin Markers - Pastel Green, Leaf Green, Carmine, and Cerulean Blue Light. I cut out the shape and adhered it to the center of a white card base with Thin 3-D Foam Tape.


The letter “L” was cut from a piece of Cranberry cardstock using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and adhered it to the center of the frame with more Thin 3-D Foam Tape. (I love this stuff. It pops the images up just enough to give them some dimension without making the card too bulky.)

I then stamped the bottom of the card base with the cute scallop border and colored it in with the Pastel Green and Carmine markers. To finish it off, I trimmed around the scallops with my Micro-Tip Scissors.



This was a fun and easy card to make. Wouldn’t it be great to make a bunch of these and turn them into a card set to give as a gift? I think I know what I’ll be making for Teacher Appreciation Day this year! Did you know that you can get this great stamp set for just $5 with a $50 purchase? Otherwise you can order the set at full price for $17.95. Click here or on the link below to order yours today.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Project Kit - Artfully Sent Birthday Cards


This month’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, March 19th at 7pm and the project is a fun one! I have had many requests for a class that focuses on the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge and I am happy to oblige. This month we will be making birthday cards using the festive Confetti Wishes Collection and the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. You will earn how to use lots of the different functions on the cartridge including the swing card, pop-up card, pocket card, sentiment card, and sleeve card functions.


The kit is $25 and includes the following:

Order additional kits without the stamp set for just $15 more!

Additional supplies needed:

We will use the sentiment card key to make this cute die-cut cupcake card.



The “sleeve key” will help us make this mini card that is the perfect size to hold a gift card.



 My favorite card in the kit is this one where we will use a pocket card on the front and...



 ...there will be a special pop-up surprise on the inside!



Ok, so maybe this is my favorite card. I don’t know. I just love them all. You will learn how to make a swing card that opens up in a fun, unique way. 




The last one uses some of the left over Confetti Wishes Compliments to make a quick and easy birthday card.



On of the best things about this kit is that it comes with a stamp set called “Belated Birthday.” I don’t know about you, but I am great at making cards, but not so great at sending them. I was thrilled when Close to my Heart came out with a stamp set just for me! Now I can add a cute “belated” wish to any of my cards that I forgot to send out on time. If you have no problems with forgetting birthdays like I do, then you will be happy to know that there are a couple of regular birthday wishes in the set as well.
 


Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than March 7th if you would like to join us for the class.

Kits ordered before 3/7 will be mailed by 3/21.
Kits ordered after 3/7 will be mailed within 2 weeks.
All kits/classes need to be paid for in advance.
Thank you for understanding.

To order a kit(s), you may either send me a check or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the “Add to Cart” buttons below. Be sure to use the drop down menu to choose your kit quantities. If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please chose the shipped option. $5 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)


Artfully Sent Confetti Wishes Card Kit - local
Use this option if you will be attending the class or picking up your kit(s).

Artfully Sent Confetti Wishes Card Kit - shipped
Use this option if you would like your kit(s) shipped to you.
$5 will be added for shipping.


To find out more about my “no-commitment” Creative Club, click here.
You do not need to be local to participate.