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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween Greeting Card

I wanted to show you a couple of greeting cards I made recently. The first one I created as a jump start for inspiration for the Halloween holiday using a Recollection Stamp and some cardstock for yester-years. This cute Halloween card I decided to enter into the Crafting by Design blog challenge since this week are to use Purple, Orange, and Sunshine lace.

I hope you enjoyed this greeting cards. Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Huntingdon Projects

Featured Layout for Huntingdon Workshop on the Go, G1069.

This mini album was created using Huntingdon Paper Packet, X7274B, and Cricut Cartridge Art Booking, Z1906.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Creating a Starburst greeting card

I recently viewed this video and thought the greeting card was lovely enough that I thought you would appreciate it and be inspired as well.

Close to My Heart has a circle punch available for purchase online. It's time to use your scraps to create a new charming greeting card. As soon as I saw this card I thought of the sentiment Happy Birthday Sunshine.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


The Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide is a festive supplement to the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book. Inside you’ll find all-new products, offered for a limited time only, including papers, project kits, embellishments, stamps, and more to pull off a memorable holiday season!

How do customers get a Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide?
Customers can get a Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide free of charge by signing up for the Club Membership.  Additionally, CTMH will add one free gift guide to the first online order a customer places October 15 through December 1. The Holiday Guide is also viewable online here for FREE.

Can't wait to view all the new goodies in the new Holiday Guide. Request yours today at Buy NOW button below and just pay for shipping $2. I'll mail one out to you right away (within the US only).

Several items in the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide are only available while supplies last, so be sure to place orders for your favorites early!  When the product runs out the company won't replenish their supplies it is gone forever.  The "While supplies last" products include:
Items in the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide that will be available for purchase after the promotion ends?
There surely are! Several items in the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide will be returning for purchase in the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book. Those items include: 

Here's a great tip about the NEW WASHI Tape.
In the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book, the washi tape will be sold as individual rolls rather than in 3-packs. The 1" Juniper and Cotton Candy polka-dot washi tape rolls will not be available in the next Idea Book so you may want to place an order on this one first.

When you  place an order of $100 or more from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide and/or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book and/or retail-priced items on Consultants’ Online Business Address (OBA) you can qualify for a free “star” items. There is no limit to how many “star” items you can qualify for; for every $100 you spend in your order, you can choose one free “star” item. For example, if you place an order of $200, you qualify for two free “star” items. In addition, to this you will reach your membership club  requirement and earn $25 of FREE Select Products. View membership club details for a list of select products.

What are the “star” items in the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide?
 The “star” items are pictured only in the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide. The “star” items are the products in the gift guide that have a circled star image next to the product’s item number and include:

Stack your rewards during this holiday season, just our way of saying thank you.

Happy Shopping!

    Sunday, October 13, 2013

    Stamp of the Month Deal and Feature Project Instructions

    Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 — that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing. I'd recommend waiting until after October 15th before placing your order. Stack Close to My Heart deals after October 15th to get the most bang for your buck!

    Why place an order after October 15th?
    Close to My Heart will be featuring a new supplement Holiday Guide to the Winter Idea Book 2013. There's new products including WASHI Tape and ways to earn FREE product. Isn't that work waiting for a few days?

    Scandinavian Wishes, October 2013 Stamp Of The Month

    Item Number: S1310

    Close to My Heart is wonderful with providing us inspiring projects for us to recreate. This month I've decided to provided you with the instructions here on how to create that darling layout, greeting card, and gift box. Enjoy.

    12" x 12" Joy Page

    Helpful Hints

    To create the techniques featured in this artwork, follow the helpful hints outlined below. Then use the pattern found on page 38 (Make It from Your Heart® Volume 2: Pattern 17) of our Make It from Your Heart® Volume 2 how-to publication for inspiration.
    • Cut the following Cricut® Art Philosophy shape using paper of choice, if desired:
      • 2" Shift <Heart1> (p. 26)
    • Cut the following Cricut® Artiste shapes using paper of choice, if desired:
      • 2 1/2" Shift <J> (p. 57)/li>
      • 2 1/2" Shift <O> (p. 49)
      • 2 1/2" Shift <Y> (p. 46)
    • Distress edges of Topiary cardstock photo mats and Cranberry title with sandpaper, if desired.
    • Use scallop border punch to create Topiary borders and Cranberry border.
    • Add visual interest by randomly stamping the “Love” image in a tight pattern multiple times in Chocolate ink on the Kraft cardstock strip, making sure to alternate the direction of each stamped image.
    • Mix and match red colors for a warm pop. We used Cranberry cardstock with Ruby ink stamped images.
    • Embellish with your choice of stamped accents and accessories, adding dimension with 3-D foam tape as desired.
    If you've enjoyed this perhaps you would like to recreate the lovely card also featured using this stamp.

    5 1/2" × 4 1/4" Warm Wishes Card

    Helpful Hints

    To create the techniques featured in this artwork, follow the helpful hints outlined below. Then use the pattern found on page 42 (Make It from Your Heart® Volume 1: Pattern 20) of our Make It from Your Heart® Volume 1 how-to publication for inspiration.
    • Sponge edges of some of the papers with Cocoa ink, if desired.
    • Use scallop border punch to create B&T Duos® border.
    • Mix and match red colors for a warm pop. We used Cranberry cardstock with Ruby ink stamped images.
    • Embellish with paper accents and accessories, adding dimension with 3-D foam tape as desired.

    Happy Holidays Gift Box

    Helpful Hints

    To create the techniques featured in this artwork, follow the helpful hints outlined below.
    • Add visual interest by randomly stamping the “Peace” image in a tight pattern multiple times on the Cranberry cardstock. Then, cover the ring box lid with the cardstock.
    • Attach paper to box, attach Shimmer trim, then stamp border on each side of the box.
    • Embellish with paper accents and accessories, as desired.

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Is Huntingdon a Fall or Christmas Paper?

    I've created this greeting card using Mojo Monday's Sketch # 314 greeting card pattern and Huntingdon Paper Packet from Close to My Heart. I love this paper packet with its fall and neutral colors. Huntingdon in my opinion can be used a both a fall and Christmas paper. Doesn't the Ruby red and Olive green reminded you of Christmas? So I wanted to challenge myself by using Huntingdon Paper packet with both a Fall theme project and a Christmas project. Well you've seen my fall scrapbook layout in a previous post. Below is my Christmas card.

    In order to create the ornament I used the Cricut Cartridge Artbooking. To recreate cut the ornament base from Olive cardstock  and Olive B&T paper at 9 1/2", Icon, o. To cut out the snowflake, also cut at 9 1/2", Icon, Shift o, out of Olive cardstock . I then used the VersaMark embossing ink pad to  apply the mix of red and gold embossing power. Use your heat tool to set the embossing powder.  I really like the rusty texture feel and look of the snowflake.

    I cut the top of the green ornament and using 3D foam tape I layered the Olive B&T paper slightly to the right revealing the Olive cardstock. To adhere the snowflake I used a fine tip liquid adhesive.

    To create a vintage feel to my greeting card I distressed all cut out pieces using Cocoa Ink Pad.
    I had to use a ribbon for my card but who said I needed to use a traditional ribbon? So I grabbed CTMH Ruby Shimmer Trim and cut it at 7 1/4" and a second piece at 1" and a third piece at 1/2". The Shimmer Trim ribbons have an adhesive back to them so just remove the protective backing to adhere it the 7 1/4" piece about 1/2" from the bottom. To create the bow I folded the 1" piece of ribbon so that the ribbon ends touched each other. Since the ribbon has an adhesive back they stay in place. Next, I used a second piece, the 1/2", and wrapped it around the 1" around the middle. You may need to trim the excess. I find that a glue dot is perfect for securing the bow on top of the shimmer ribbon.
    The card measurements and supplies are listed below.
    Card Base: Ruby Cardstock, x5927, measures at 6 1/2" x 5" folded.
    Banner:  Huntingdon Paper Ruby B&T, X7174, measures at 3 1/2" x 1 1/2"
    Card Mat: Cashmere B&T, back of the Olive B&T, measures at 6" x 4.5",
    Tag: Cashmere Cardstock, x5932, is included in the Huntingdon Paper Packet, measures at 3" x 1"
            Olive Cardstock, 1245, measures at 3" x 1"
    Sentiment: Stamp Set Merry & Bright, C1510
    Ink Pads: Ruby, Z2170,  and Cocoa, Z2114  
    Embossing: Versa Mark Ink Pad, Z891, Gold Embossing Powder, Z668, the red embossing powder is now retired so feel free to substitute or just use Gold embossing powder, Craft Heater, Z555
    Ribbon: Ruby Shimmer & Trim, Z1848 and Harvest Baker's Twine, Z1751
    Adhesives: Tombo Tape Runner, 1514, Bonding Memories Glue Pen, Z553, 3D Foam Tape, Z1151, and Glue Dots, Z341

    I hope you enjoyed how I put this card together. Feel free to leave feedback or show me your creation. Until next time Happy Crafting!

    Club Memberships are SWEET

    I'm offering an exclusive monthly club membership deals is now available.

    Sign up for a membership (free) and agree to order any of the monthly kits totaling $150 per year (so it's okay to skip a month) or place your own online orders to total $150 per year (small orders monthly are okay as long as it totals $150/year) or become a Hostess. This allows the online crafter able to participate and enjoy the same benefits of local crafters.

    What type of club kits do you offer?
    • Scrapbooking
                     Level 1 - Workshop on the Go + Free Gift  $40  (4 Times per Year)
                          (Level 2 Paper Packet, Stamp Set, Embellishment Kit, Guide, Free Gift varies monthly)

                     Level 2 - Paper & Accessories  $25 (8 Times per Year)          
                          (Level 2 Paper Packet + Embellishments, Guide)
    • Card Making
                     Level 1: Card Making Workshop on the Go + Free Gift $40 (4 Times per Year)
                         (Level 2 Paper Packet, Stamp Set, Embellishment Kit, Guide, Free Gift varies monthly)

                     Level 2: Paper & Pad Kit  $20 (8 Times per Year)   
                         (2 Pattern Papers, 4 Cardstocks, 2 Coordinating Ink Pads)

                     Level 3: Paper, Embellishment, & Stamp $35-$45 (6 Times per Year)
                         (2 Pattern Papers, 4 Cardstocks, 1 Embellishment Kit, 1 Acrylic Stamp

    •  Mavericks- We have four to six wide variety of challenging projects to choose from with new techniques to be learned.
                     Level 1: Jewelry Club. $35 (5 times per year)
                          (Make Headbands, rings, necklaces, and other head pieces- great to wear or to gift)

                    Level 2: Tools & Techniques Club $25 (6 times a year)
                     (Includes a tool and guide to complete a variety of projects while learning a new
                     technique. Owning the tool readily allows for you to use the skills acquired over and over.)

                    Level 3:  Home D├ęcor & Paper Crafting $40-$50 (3 times per year)
                    (Projects include items for your wall, decorative pieces, and party favors/gift items.)

    • Paper Crafting Divas-
                  Level 1: Workshop & Crops only. $17-$40 (5 times per year)
                      (Attend onsite workshop and crops only at least 5 times per year)

                 Level 2: Picadilla. $150 (per Year)
                     (Agree to place online orders and/or membership kits to ensure a $150 total in 8 months)

    How do you join this club?
    • First select the kit that fits your interest and budget.
    • You have 12 months (January through December) to complete your membership.
    • Membership calendar begins on your first order. So if you begin on Dec. 10th you have until Dec. 10th of the following year to complete your membership.
    • Each member will receive membership perks once they receive $150 workshop kit totals. For example if you pick Workshops and Crops (4 workshops may total $150).
    • In order to stay on track with membership perks we recommend ordering a workshop kit every other month.
    • You are not confined to any membership kit category just pick your interest and place an order by the deadline date.
    What are membership perks?
    • For every $150 order total within 12 months, members will receive $25 in FREE Select Product
    • Select products eligible include: Ink Pads, Reinkers, Markers, Acrylic Blocks, Paper Packets, Stamps, Dimensional Elements, Stick ease,  Stamp of the Month, and Accessories.
    • If you order $250 in 12 months, you will receive $25 in Select Product and 1 item at 50% OFF (any item no exclusions).
    • Free gifts vary month to month so that it may coordinate with kit of the month.
    • Receive Idea Books (Valued at $3.95) FREE
    • Random monthly winners of Prizes and Workshops
    • Members can choose any club kit at any time, skip a month, and or add club kits. You are in charge. Monthly kits are suggested products and deals.
    • Members can still take advantage of the Stamp of the Month and Constant Campaign deals even if they purchased the membership kit as long as it reaches monthly special minimums. For example, Stamp of the month specials require a $50  in order to receive the Stamp of the Month for only $5. If you ordered a $40 monthly kit and placed a $10 order online you may get the Stamp of the Month for $5 and you are closer to your $150 total membership order.
    What happens if I don't meet my membership?
    • There are opportunities to meet your membership yearly total order of $150. You may order any of the workshop kits, place an online order to help make your $150 total, or host a workshop (in person or online) to make your minimum.
    • If you are still unable to then you will simply not be able to receive $25 in Free Products.
    • Membership is on a 11 month cycle and will restart again in the new year.
    What happens if I join mid year, do I have to make up the $150/year in a shorter time frame?
    NO. Your membership begins on the date you place your first order.

    When does the club membership program begin?
    • October 10th, 2013 to October 10th, 2014.
    • If you placed an order for a kit during this month we included that your membership total.
    How do I sign up?
    You may sign up by simply placing your order through this blog or on the online store. By registering you will automatically be registering for the monthly newsletters. You may opt out of newsletters at any time without penalty.

    How do I cancel my membership?
    You may cancel your membership at any time and for any reason. Simply contact me personally here.

    How long are your kits available?
    Kits availability and deadlines will be listed. So order by date indicates deadline for this kit. If there are extra kits it will become available to the public.

    When do kits arrive?
    Kits arrive no later than 2 weeks after deadline. We basically put kits together so that guides and freebies will be included. We can provide you will a tracking number via email if you are interested.

    Can I cancel my order?
    You may cancel an order within 24 hours of placing the order. After this time frame, there is a small restocking fee of $3.00. Refunds are issued 24 hours after request. Please contact me right away so that I can assist you.

    Can kits be returned?
    Yes, kits can be returned within 2 weeks of receiving the item. Customers are responsible for return shipping and a $3.00 restocking fee will be deducted from the total purchase price. Full refunds will only be issued if there is a problem with your order contact me for help.

    I live outside of the US can I join this club?

    Monday, October 7, 2013

    Huntingdon Paper Packet

    I just love the Huntingdon Paper Packet, X7174B, it would make a wonderful fall and thanksgiving layout. Given the colors and patterns I also think you can also use it for Christmas. I know it's still too soon to think about that.

    So I've created this layout inspired by the Make It From the Heart Volume 2, pattern #10. This pattern was slightly modified but I still feel like it's my own. If you have not used the MIFTH book there are patterns and examples of scrapbooking layouts and greeting cards. This is a great way to jump start the creative process or to just make a quick card.

    Now in my next workshop, Saturday 19th from 10 AM to 1:30 PM, Workshop fee is $23 for
    1 Full Paper Packet, Extra Papers and Cardstock, Full Embellishment Packet, 2 Workshop Guides in Color, Lunch and a Door Prize. If you live in the Philadelphia/Montgomery Area and would like to RSVP, register at

    If you would like to purchase this kit just purchase it below and $4.95 is added to the total for shipping within the US and US Military Bases (pick the first option). Ships in two days means item will be shipped with a 2 day delivery time.

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