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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cards that are a Cut Above

Everyone wants to create that project that's just a cut above. The kind of project that everyone says, "Wow! You made that?" or "How did you create that?". What if you can create a set of greeting cards very quickly and can proudly say, "I made it myself." Close to My Heart created a series of card kits called, "A Cut Above" where you can create a set of cards quickly and inexpensively.

I particularly run out quickly of Thank You and Birthday cards. Not to mention more people added to my holiday card list. Cut Above Kits makes 10 cards or 10 treat bags. You will need to get minor supplies like adhesive, ink pad, and stamp.
There are two crafting projects in the Cut Above series.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August Special Offers

Close to My Heart is celebrating 30 years as a company and they are showing us how appreciative they are with multiple specials this year. 

During this month, August 2014, when you purchase a Picture My Life Kits and you may also get an additional page protectors at the discounted price of just $3.

You can create an amazing scrapbooking album very quickly without having to spend money on new tools, adhesives, or embellishments unless you choose to. You just select your cards, photos, and page protector and slide the items into the pockets to create a layout as shown below.
There are 13 Picture My Life kits to choose from, the first five shown below are the newest additions to the collection.
Remember there are more kits to choose from online.

So how do you get on the page protector deal?
During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD / $27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD & CAD)! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

Which of the eight page protectors can I choose from at the discounted price?
  Discounted Memory Page Protectors™:
Z1324 Design 1 – 10 protectors: 6 vertical 6" x 4" pockets each.
4113 Design 2– 10 protectors: 6 horizontal 4" x 6" pockets each
Z1950 Design 3 – 10 protectors: 4 vertical 6" x 4" pockets and 4 horizontal 3" x 4" pockets each.
Z1951 Design 4  – 10 protectors: 4 horizontal 4" x 6" pockets and 4 vertical 4" x 3" pockets each.
Z1952 Design 5 – 10 protectors: 3 vertical 6" x 4" pockets and 6 horizontal 3" x 4" pockets each.
4110 Top Load – 10 protectors: 12" x 12" pocket. 1/2" gutter seam so pages lie flat.
Z1968 Side Load – 10 protectors: 12" x 12" pocket.
Z3026 Variety Pack – 10 protectors: 4 of Design 3, 3 of Design 4, and 3 of Design 5.
What is included in a Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program?
Each Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program includes a 12" × 12" cover page, a starter pack of 10 coordinating Memory Protectors™, and 122 double-sided cards in 3" × 4" and 4" × 6" horizontal and vertical designs. The cardstock-weight cards feature journaling spaces, sentiments, and a variety of icons.
Where can I find more information about the Memory Protectors™?
Additional information about the Memory Protectors™ can be found on page 185 of the current Annual Inspirations idea book.
Where can I find more information about the Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs?
Additional information about product item numbers for the Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs can be found on pages 146–149 of the current Annual Inspirations idea book.
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. This month the Stamp of the Month is What a Hoot (S1408)

What a Hoot (S1408)

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

You can create amazing projects with this stamps. Here's just a few examples.

So what are you waiting for? Get Scrappin' 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Close to My Heart

Did you know that Close to My Heart is celebrating it's 30th Year Anniversary? The company is going strong and expanding internationally and I anticipate the company being around for along time.

As you already know there's a BRAND NEW IDEA BOOK. It's jammed packed with more paper packets and stamps that you can purchase from now until July 2015. Once the new idea book is launched in August of 2015 only brand new products will be made available. That means that paper packets, workshop on the go kits, stamps, embellishments, home decor, and so much more won't be available for purchase. But that's okay because we always fall in love with the new stuff too.

In this New Idea Book there's a NEW Cricut Cartridge Collection called Artfully Sent Z3017 found on page 140! More WASHI Tape on page 173! More jewelry and home decor crafting projects. I love the Picture My Life kits on pages 146-147. If you have ever been pressed for time to scrapbook then this type of scrapbooking is for you. I'll show case some of my projects in the future.

For right now, I wanted to include one project I created that meets both MOJO Monday's and Heart to Heart Blog Challenges.

I used the MOJO358 Sketch.

Following the Heart to Heart Challenge of creating a project relating to a song. My theme is Happy Birthday to You!  I used Confetti Wishes Paper Packet X7189B found in the New Idea Book along with a recently discontinued stamp called Teddy Bear Wishes A1143.

To recreate this card the dimensions are as follows:
I hope you enjoy the New Idea Book. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

So Sorry

I must admit I have neglected this blog and my group of crafters. Life happens and with it comes challenges outside of our control. As for me, I have been re-evaluating my life and thinking about what's really important. Since last year I had to attend a funeral every month with the exception of July. November through January were the loss of family members and this year it's been the loss of friends. July I've visited four people in hospitals and also offered support once they are home. This month is no exception to the funeral streak. It's been very hard to deal with so much loss. My faith has sustained me and so I am grateful to be able to be there for my loved ones and friends. In addition to all of this I've also started a new business venture which has occupied much of my time and energy. So as you can imagine life has been hectic and before I knew it months have gone buy. For being on my back bunner I'm so sorry.

I am grateful to you for your patience and hanging in there. I cannot promise to post as frequently as I did before but I will have weekly posts again. Creating handmade cards and actually gifting them has brough so many smiles that I just can't give this up.

This was my most recent greeting card for my long time friends that have just lost their mother. I used the MojoMonday sketch MOJO357.

To recreate this darling card I used My Mind's Eye 6"x6" Paper Packet called In Blossom. Below are the measurements.
  • White Cardbase: 4.25" x 5.5" folded
  • Grey & White Patterned Paper: 5.25" x 4"
  • Yellow Patterned Paper: 4" x 2.25"; inside lining 5" x 3.5" (not shown)
  • White Floral Patterned Paper: 3" x 1.75"
  • Pink Patterned Paper: 2" x 1.5"
  • Dark Grey Floral Patterned Paper: .75" x 6"
  • Banner (back of the Yellow Patterned Paper: .75" x 3"
  • Michaels' Paper Flowers
  • Stamp set used: Close to My Heart's Card Chatter- Sympathy - D1476 (retired)
  • Close to My Heart Grey Wool Ink pad (retired)
Next post is all about the NEW IDEA BOOK! I've already placed my order and my goal is to post before the month's out with all new creations.
Watch out for this month's deals!
Until the next time.... Happy Crafting!