Monday, September 1, 2014

Simply Inspired Blog Hop - #30yearsofhappy


Welcome to this month’s Simply Inspired Blog Hop! This month we are celebrating National Stamping Month by highlighting projects made with Close to my Heart’s limited edition #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set! If you arrived here from the fabulous Pamela O’Conner’s blog, then you are on the right path.


The limited edition #30yearsofhappy stamp set contains 30 adorable mini stamps. Isn’t it a cute set? You can get this set for free by placing a qualifying order of $30 in current retail-priced stamps during the month of September. (Contact your CTMH Consultant or click here if you don’t have a Consultant to order yours.)


I decided to use two of the mini stamps for my project. I used the tiny “It’s Your Day” ticket stamp and the cute little flower stamp to created a mini birthday card set and matching box. The box was cut using the Artiste Cricut cartridge. I brought the box shape from page 44 of the Artiste booklet into Design Space and resized it to 11.25" wide. Before folding the box, I stamped the entire piece with the tiny ticket stamp in Pixie ink.   


This is what the box looks like when it is open. 
All of the cards and envelopes fit inside.


To make the mini enclosure cards, I cut (5) pieces of White Daisy cardstock to 2¾" x 7½", scored and folded them in half. Then I stamped the front with the mini ticket stamp in Pixie ink. I cut the Chocolate cardstock rectangle scallop on the cards using the scallop rectangle shape from page 78 of the Artbooking cartridge booklet at 2½" wide. (The rectangle on the box was cut at 2¼" high.) The birthday sentiment (from the Your Own Kind of Wonderful set) was stamped on the bottom of a 1⅝" x 2¼" White Daisy piece of cardstock in Chocolate ink. (The White Daisy piece on the box measures 1⅞" x 2⅝".)    

The cupcake top was cut using the scallop circle shape on the Art Philosophy cartridge at 1¼" from a piece of pink Paper Fundamentals cardstock. 


I cut the cupcake wrapper from a piece of Chocolate cardstock freehand and then scored it using the new Score Board. (Love that thing!) I inked it with some Chocolate ink to make the lines pop a little more. The Pixie cardstock scallop strip on the top was cut with some scallop scissors. I adhered the cupcake to the card with some 3-D Foam Tape and added the stamped and hand-cut flower to the top. I finished it off with a Pink Sparkle. 

The envelopes were cut from the Artiste Cricut cartridge (page 73) at 5" high in Design Space. I stamped the ticket image on the flap in Pixie ink to coordinate with the rest of the set.


Click here to download the Design Space file which includes all of the Cricut shapes used from the Art PhilosophyArtiste and Artbooking cartridges. (You must have an Explore machine and the Cricut cartridges to use the Design Space file.)

Thanks for stopping by. Now hop on over to Dana Kessler’s blog to see her fabulous creation. (If you get lost along the way, you can see all of the fabulous blog hop participants here.)

September Creative Club Project - Pathfinding Dinner Party Kit


September’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, September 18th at 7pm. This month we will be getting ready for Fall by creating a dinner party set that will make your guests feel welcome this Thanksgiving.


The basic project kit is $30 and includes all of the following: 
Additional products needed to complete this project:
Ink Pads: Chocolate, Barn Red, Goldrush, Olive
Adhesive of your choice
3-D Foam Tape
Scallop Border Punch
Sponge Dauber
Mini Hole Punch
Art Philosophy and Artiste Cricut Cartridges (all pieces will be pre-cut for you in the kit, but you will need these if you would like to make more in the future.)

Add additional place setting kits without centerpiece and stamp set for just $10 more!

Each basic project kit includes supplies to make (1) invitation, (1) place card, (1) dinner menu, (1) napkin ring, (1) favor bag with coordinating tag, and (1) centerpiece for your table. (Additional place setting kits include: invitation, place card, dinner menu, napkin ring, and favor bag with coordinating tag.)


Invitation outside...


Invitation inside...



Place card...


You will print your guest’s name on the front of the place card. The back of the place card has a place where they can write what they are thankful for. During dinner, you can go around the table and everyone can share what they wrote. It is a great way to start a discussion about all of the things for which we can be thankful!


Print the details of your meal on the dinner menu. Or, you may choose to use this card as a thank you card to send to your guest to thank them for joining you for Thanksgiving dinner.



Wrap each of your napkins in this adorable napkin ring that says, “There’s always time for pie.”



What is a party without a party favor? Place a muslin drawstring favor bag filled with fun Fall-themed treats on each plate for your guest to take home. 


Write a special note to your guest on the tag that slips inside the little pocket.


Decorate your table with this adorable Fall-themed center piece that comes with the basic kit. 
(Extra kits will not include additional centerpieces.)




Would you like to add even more fun to your Fall-themed decor? Add this sweet “Thankful” banner for just $10 more! You will receive all of the pre-cut pieces and instructions on how to put it together.



Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than August 9th if you would like to join us for the class. 

Kits ordered before 9/7 will be mailed by 9/20.
Kits ordered after 9/7 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 PayPal “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 choose the shipped option. $5 will be added for shipping to US addresses. If you are ordering a kit from another country, please contact me for shipping costs.)

Pathfinding Dinner Party Kit Pricing
1 kit with 1 center piece - $30
2 kits with 1 center piece - $40
3 kits with 1 center piece - $50
4 kits with 1 center piece - $60
5 kits with 1 center piece - $70
6 kits with 1 center piece - $80
7 kits with 1 center piece - $90
8 kits with 1 center piece - $100
9 kits with 1 center piece - $110
10 kits with 1 center piece - $120


Pathfinding Dinner Party Kit - local pick up

Choose your quantity
 


Pathfinding Dinner Party Kit - shipped
($5 will be added for shipping)

Choose your quantity
 


Pathfinding Banner add-on
1 banner - $10



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



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Best Wishes Pathfinding Card


I love Close to my Heart’s mini stamps. They are only $2.99 and they are all super cute! I used two of them on this card including the Spring Banner stamp and the Timely Tidings stamp. I love that you can stamp any sentiment you like in the center of the Spring Banner image. I think I will make a few of these cards and leave the sentiment blank. Then when I need a last minute card, I can choose the appropriate sentiment, stamp it, and have a card ready to go in less than 2 minutes. (Perfect for a last minute person like me. lol)

I also used some other fun new products on the card including the Glacier patterned paper from the Pathfinding paper packet, the new Floral Embossing Folder, the scallop border punch, and some self-adhesive Gold Bling Gems.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chalk It Up - Back to School Layout

Many of you know that my daughter has struggled with anxiety over the past few months. (You can read more about it here.) I have been a little worried about school starting again because I had no idea how she would do. She has been in counseling all summer and we have been working hard to help her get ready for the new school year, and I am SO HAPPY to report that it went well and she loves her new teacher and her new class. Praise God!!! 


I knew that the new Chalk It Up Collection would be perfect to scrapbook the kid’s first day of school. I haven’t finished my son's layout yet, but I wanted to share my daughter's layout with you. We created this layout at Cindy Baker’s team meeting a few weeks ago. I didn’t add any embellishments to it at that time because I wanted to wait to see what kind of photos I would be putting on it first. (Thanks for the layout idea Cindy!)


One of the things I love most about the Chalk It Up Collection is this Dimensional Elements piece in the Chalk It Up Compliments pack that says, “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” I could not have found a more perfect sentiment if I had written it myself. I am so proud of my little girl for working to overcome her fears and being willing to try going to school again.


Here she is with her new teacher. You can tell the photos on the left were taken at the beginning of the day when she was still nervous. The photo with her new teacher was taken at the end of the day. Look at that big smile! She had a great first day and I am so proud of her. The best thing about scrapbooking this day is that my daughter can look back years from now and be encouraged by how she was able to tackle her anxiety successfully. 


All supplies used are from CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Chalk It Up
Stamps: All the Details, Chalk It Up WOTG, Glamour Lowercase Alphabet, Take Note (from Artbooking Cricut Collection)
Ink: Black, Flaxen, Sorbet
Other: Artbooking Cricut Collection, Chalk It Up Compliments, Journaling Pen, Black Striped Twill Ribbon

Monday, August 4, 2014

August Creative Club Project Kit - Paper Fundamentals Mini Card Set


August’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, August 21st at 7pm. We will be creating a sweet mini card set using the beautiful Paper Fundamentals Whimsy pack.


The project kit is just $25 and includes all of the following: 
NOTE: Four of the colors used in this kit are new colors. See info below for links to purchase the new ink pad colors.

Additional products needed to complete this project:
Adhesive of your choice
Ink Pads: Cocoa, Pixie, Sorbet, Canary, Sweet Leaf, Glacier, Thistle

Add additional kits without the stamp set for just $10 more!

You will make (6) 3" x 3" gift cards and matching envelopes and a cute drawstring muslin bag to store them. You can make this as a gift or make one for yourself so you will have some mini gift cards ready when you need them.



You will learn how to create 3-D butterflies for your cards and stamp the envelopes to match using the adorable Your Own Kind of Wonderful stamp set.



This kit has a rainbow of colors and lots of fun sentiments so you can customize your cards as you wish. Do you need six birthday cards? Do you need six “special day” cards? Maybe you would like a variety of cards like I made for my samples? The choice is yours.



Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than August 9th if you would like to join us for the class. 

Kits ordered before 8/9 will be mailed by 8/23.
Kits ordered after 8/9 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 PayPal “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 choose the shipped option. $5 will be added for shipping to US addresses. If you are ordering a kit from another country, please contact me for shipping costs.)

Paper Fundamentals Mini Card Set Pricing
1 kit with 1 stamp set - $25
2 kits with 1 stamp set - $35
3 kits with 1 stamp set - $45
4 kits with 1 stamp set - $55
5 kits with 1 stamp set - $65


August Kit - Paper Fundamentals Mini Card Set (local pick up)
Choose quantity in drop down menu
 

August Kit - Paper Fundamentals Mini Card Set (shipped)
($5 will be added for shipping)
Choose quantity in drop down menu

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

Friday, August 1, 2014

CTMH's New Annual Inspirations is here!


I am so excited to finally be able to share with you Close to my Heart’s new Annual Inspirations Idea Book/Catalog! This is the most amazing collaboration of products, projects, and creative inspiration I have seen in a long time!

You can view and download your own copy here, you may order a copy on my website here, or you may order copy directly from me. If you order a copy directly from me or from my website, you will also receive a coupon for a free ink pad to use on your next order. (See info at the bottom of this post to see how you can get a copy for FREE!)

There are so many great things about this new Idea Book. The book will be good for a full year, so there are more great products and project ideas than ever! Plus, we will have two 40 page supplementals that will come out in December and April with even more goodies!


Below are some of my favorite new products...





Over 85 new Stamp Sets 


5 beautiful new Ink Colors


A FANTASTIC New Cricut Collection containing 400 Card Designs
(Artfully Sent Cricut Collection will be available in September.
Stayed turned for more details.)


Quick and Easy Cut Above Project Line
Create cards and gift bags in a snap with these precut, predesigned kits.


Scrapbook faster than ever with our new Picture My Life kits


Add some fun to your parties with the new Designer Creations Line


Create beautiful jewelry in a snap with
new additions to the Base & Bling Line 


Make your crafting easier with our new Tools like the new Score Board, Washi Tape Dispenser, Mini Stapler, Punches, and Embossing Folders


Our new ShinHan Touch Twin Markers will make coloring and blending more fun


This is only a sampling of all of the wonderful new products. Be sure to check out all of the new products in the Annual Inspirations book here. You can also see and order them on my website here.

If you would like to order your own Copy of the new Annual Inspirations you may do so by ordering it on my website here or by using the Paypal link below. Whether you order it from my website or directly form me, I will send you a coupon good for a free ink pad to use on your next order. Or, you can get a FREE copy sent to you by placing an order for $25 or more on my website!

Click on the image below to start shopping CTMH’s new products.


Click on the paypal link below to order your new Annual Inspirations Idea Book/Catalog for just $6. Make sure to indicate where you would like your catalog shipped. Your free ink pad coupon will be included with your new Idea Book. If you order the catalog from my website, your free ink pad coupon will be emailed to you.

Remember if you place an order on my website for just $25, I will mail you a FREE copy of the Annual Inspirations!

2014-2015 Annual Inspirations Idea Book
$6 includes shipping