Saturday, September 16, 2017

Falling For You/Cats & Bats Blog Hop

Welcome to our Cats & Bats/Falling for you Blog Hop. We are showcasing items from our new Holiday Expressions Idea Book with various projected created by talented Close To My Heart consultants.  So grab yourself a cup of coffee, relax, take your shoes of and enjoy the journey!

If you just arrived from Geri's Blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, please feel free to start at the beginning with our hostess Carol at Crafting with Carol.  Or, you can continue here as it does go around in a circle.

Below you will find my projects  First project is made with Cats & Bats Workshop Your Way and Cats & Bats stamp sets.  This will be one of the cards for my Interactive workshop this month.  This is a pop-up peek-a-boo card and found a great video tutorial on this from Deb Valder:

Now, for the inside, notice what is in the little frame:

Now in the final picture is the pop of what is in the little window frame:

Papers:  G1136 Cats & Bats Workshop Your Way; White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps:  Cats & Bats - Cardmaking (C1683) & Scrapbook (D1736) Stamp Sets
Inks:  Black Exclusive Inks; Shinhan Markers:  P83 Lavender, YR24 Marigold and G46 Vivid Green
Embellishments:  Z4028 Bats & Cats Dots; Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim
Other:  Spellbinder rectangle die cuts

And for my second project, although it is not interactive, its a pinwheel card.  These are just so cute and this paper is perfect for the project!  I am still working on the insides of this card but have decided it will done with the Falling for You Cardmaking stamp set.  I also used a video tutorial by Barb Millikan for this one.

Papers:  G1135 Falling For You Workshop Your Way; Goldrush, Nutmeg and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps:  C1686 Falling for You - Cardmaking
Inks:  Nutmeg Exclusive Inks
Embellishments:  Z4028 Bats & Cats Dots; Green Shimmer Trim (Ret.)
Other:  Thanks Thin Cuts (Ret.); Spellbinder Square Dies

Here are the images for the stamp sets used above.  First is Cats & Bats - Cardmaking:

Next is Cats & Bats - Scrapbooking:

Below is Falling for You-Cardmaking:
Be sure to check out the next stop at Cheryl Arbo's Blog to see what eye candy she has been cooking up for you!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 11, 2017

CTMH Disaster Relief Stamp Set: Stronger Together

Close to My Heart has designed a stamp set specifically to benefit those affected by disasters, such as the hurricanes in the United States and the wildfires throughout the US and Canada.  The stamp set is titled Stronger Together and features a variety of sentiments that can be used for comfort, encouragement, and more.

My Acrylix® Stronger Together (C1716)
Set of 10
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009)

$13.95 USD/$17.25 CAD

This C-size set is immediately available for purchase and you can find it on my website with the item number C1716:  All proceeds from this stamp set will be donated to the Red Cross, which provides relief efforts to multiple disasters, and which will allocate the funds to where they are needed most.

We believe in the good that comes when we work together as a community.  As the stamp set name states, we truly are stronger together.  Let us all come together and strengthen those who need some extra help in the wake of devastation.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September 2017 Stamp of the Month - Pop-Out Swing Card

Feel So Blessed (S1709), the September 2017 Stamp of the Month, is a set of 26 beautiful images!  It is only available through September 30, 2017, and this lovely set can be your for $5 with a qualified purchase of $50 or $17.95 at the regular price.  Be sure to click on the graphic for a larger view:

I've been working on a set of interactive cards for this month's card workshop and thought this Pop-Out Swing Card would be a perfect set to go with the Falling for You Workshop Your Way (WYW).  The card is a standard size card.  I cut out some of the leaves from the Falling for you Papers because I hadn't gotten my Falling for You-Cardmaking stamp set.

Next a semi-open view of the front:

Next a view of the inside-open view:

Papers:  G1135 Falling For You WYW; Garden Green (ret.), Espresso, Goldrush, and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps:  S1709 Feel So Blessed; C1686 Falling for You-Cardmaking; Lovely Leaves (Ret.)
Inks:  Fern, Goldrush, Saffron, Espresso,, Black Exclusive Inksz899 Black Memento Ink; z2457 Marigold, z2463 Sap Green ShinHan Touch Twin Markers
Embellishments:  z4028 Cats & Bats Dots
Other:  Spellbinder Square Dies

So let's see what else you all can come up with using this beautiful new Stamp of the Month!  Blessings and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Jack Blog Hop

Welcome to our Jack Blog Hop.  We will be showcasing items from our new Seasonal Expressions II Idea Book with various projects created by talented Close To My Heart consultants.  So grab yourself a cup of coffee, relax, take your shoes off and enjoy the journey. 

If you just arrived from Laura Moss' Blog, Central NY Scrapper, then you are on the right track, if not, please start at the beginning with our hostess Carol, at Crafting with Carol

Below you will find my project.  My son will be the new proprietor September 1st of his own Taxidermy Shop - Trails West Taxidermy.  I wanted to congratulate and encouragement him on his new business ventures so below is my well wishes for his new business:

Next it is showing some of the innards:

Close up on the greeting, next:

Next is the inside of the card:

Finally this was a sketch from Viva LaVerve that I used as my inspiration!

Papers:  G1129 Jack WYW; Ruby, Juniper, Black and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps:  Paper Trey, Inc. New Every Morning and  A Cheerful Heart
Inks:  Black, Juniper and Ruby Exclusive Inks;
Embellishments:   Whispter Thick Twine
Other:  Spellbinder (Round Scallop), Thin Cuts (Circle) & SU (Sewn Circle) dies

Be sure to check out the next stop at Ramona Temple's Blog to see what eye candy she has been cooking up for you!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Prickly Pear Blog Hop

Welcome to our Prickly Pear Blog Hop.  We will be showcasing items from our new Seasonal Expressions II Idea Book with various projects created by talented Close To My Heart consultants.  So, relax, take your shoes off and enjoy the journey. 

If you just arrived from Brenda Lapp's Blog, Crafting For Sanity, then you are on the right track, if not, please start at the beginning with our hostess Carol, at Crafting with Carol

Below you will find my project which is a standard size (4.25" x 5") card which is a birthday card for a friend with an upcoming birthday.  While I love that little llama, I really like the inside of this card:

Love the inside of this card!

Papers:  G1128 Prickly Pear WYW; Sorbet, and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps:  z3332 Prickly Pear - Cardmaking; C1681 Fiesta Time
Inks:  z899 Black Memento Ink, Black Exclusive Inks; Marine Blue, Carmine, Vivid Green, Leaf Green, Marigold, Light Orange, and Golden Yellow Shinhan Markers
Embellishments:  Z3324 Prickly Pear Sequins; Z679 Liquid Glass on one flower

Here is closer look at the stamp set images I used, first z3332 Prickly Pear-Cardmaking:
C1681 Fiesta Time:
Prickly Pear Papers:

Be sure to check out the next stop, Gerri Baker's Blog to see what eye candy she has been cooking up for you!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Close To My Heart Convention 2017

There were so many great happenings at this year's Close To My Heart (CTMH) Convention!  The theme was "Who Tells Your Story" (because if you don't who else can tell it as you would?) I had such a wonderful time!  I thought you would enjoy some of the reveals from Convention.

First of all, as you may have read from yesterday's post, that our BASIC palette will change to completely new colors.  Black is no longer part of the palette but has been pulled out like White Daisy.  Plus now, our cardstock is 2-sided with a lighter shade on the backside.

Notice that the bottom of each page is folded up to show the lighter shade on the backside (although there is really no backside per se).  So, instead of 40 colors we have 80 coordinating colors!  WOW! And to top it off, no price increase for either the cardstock or the stamp pads.

A new addition that was a much wanted item for me was a thin cut Alphabet.  I am very excited about this and the fact that it is priced so reasonably! They are about 2" tall from what I can tell.  Mine haven't arrived yet!
And also with that, I will tell you that there is a new Cricut cartridge to help you tell your Story.  I'm not going to give you a reveal peak, but I will post it in the next week under the topic above Cricut cartridges.  You will be surprised that along with that will be some digital cricut images (note that the digital products are for Cricut Explore lines).

We have a new addition to our Workspace Wonders.  A new Carousel Base & Top to make our ink pads a swiveling carousel.  Note that I am not giving away all the new items in our new Idea Book, just a few to whet your appetite!

While you will find tons of new items in the Idea Book, I am going to give you the color of the year as my last reveal.  It is called Bashful.

So what else went on at Convention.  Well, we had some amazing consultants put together some projects for the OPERATION SMILES auction.  Operation Smile is a volunteer organization that performs life changing operations on those born with cleft lip or cleft palates.  CTMH has adopted this foundation as their charity of choice and encourages us all to round up our orders to give back smiles to those in need of them and for only $240, a child (or adult)'s life can be changed.  So this year, at Convention alone,

Finally, I can't leave out that Sticky Boy did make an appearance at Convention this year.  No, I was not one of the lucky ones who were able to find a Sticky Boy.  But there was a great announcement made by both Sticky Boy and Sticky Girl.

See video here:

Next year, at Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada all are invited to the Sticky Boy & Girl wedding.  See details on video posted at my Business website!  Yes, they will finally tie the not.  What possibly could this mean?  Guess we'll find out in about a year!

Happy Stamping,

Saturday, July 8, 2017

News from Convention

While at the Close To My Heart (CTMH) convention we were privy to receive our new Idea Book which will go live August 1st.  CTMH recently informed consultants that for a long time they have held prices, but that we could expect some price increases on some things.

No worries, the new Exclusive Ink Pads will not have a price increase this year since they are such a new product.  Also, there will be a new Basic palette.  Black will be a new staple color like White Daisy and will no longer be part of the Basic palette.  However, Colonial White is going away.  So if you are partial to any colors in this year's basic palette, get them now.

Here are the products that will have a price increase by page number:

Product # Product Old Price New Price Page #
z4120 Spine Expanders $2.95 $4.95 11
Memory Protectors Design 1
$9.95 $10.95 13
4113 Memory Protectors Design 2 $9.95 $10.95 13
Z1950 Memory Protectors Design 3 $9.95 $10.95 13
Z1951 Memory Protectors Design 4 $9.95 $10.95 13
Z1952 Memory Protectors Design 5 $9.95 $10.95 13
Z1968 Memory Protectors Side Load $9.95 $10.95 13
Z1977 Memory Protectors Side Load Value Pack $19.95 $23.95 13
Z1969 Memory Protectors Strap Side Load $19.95 $23.95 13
z3026 Variety Pack $9.95 $10.95 13
4110 Memory Protector Top Load $9.95 $11.95 13
z1984 Memory Protector Top Load Value Pack $19.95 $23.95 13
Z5101 WW Large Tray $12.95 $14.95 89
Z5103 WW Marker Stack $9.95 $10.95 89
Z5100 WW Paper Tray $18.95 $19.95 89
Z5102 WW Small Tray $6.95 $7.95 89
Z5104 WW Stamp Pad Stack $9.95 $10.95 89
Z5105 WW Tool Cubby $9.95 $10.95 89
Z334 12" x 12" Paper & Stamp Envelope $7.95 $10.95 92
Z3106 My Acrylix Mini Stamp Organizer $12.95 $14.95 92
Z1038 My Acrylix Organizer $14.95 $15.95 92
Z4137 Craft Boxes $6.95 $7.95 93
Z4140 Craft Boxes Foam Insert $8.95 $9.95 93
Z1897 Daubers Foam Insert $14.95 $15.95 93
Z1834 Large Organizer $24.95 $29.95 93
Z4139 Medium Organizer $19.95 $24.95 93
Z4141 My Acrylix Blocks Foam Insert $8.95 $9.95 93
Z1898 Pigment Inks Foam Insert $14.95 $15.95 93
Z4138 Small Organizer $14.95 $17.95 93
Z1839 Tabbed Dividers $4.95 $5.95 93
4110 Top Load $9.95 $11.95 93
Z1984 Top Load Value Pack $19.95 $23.95 93
Z3026 Memory Protector Variety Pack $9.95 $10.95 93
Z2263 White Daisy Re-inkers $6.50 $7.95 95
Various Re-inkers $5.95 $6.95 95-99
Various Glitter Paper $5.95 $6.95 101
Z3146 Watercolor Paper $6.95 $7.95 101
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems $3.95 $4.95 102
z3089 Gray Gems $3.95 $4.95 102
z3090 Red Gems $3.95 $4.95 102
Z3197 Black & Gold Ribbon $5.95 $6.95 103
Z4012 Black Shimmer Ribbon $4.95 $5.95 103
Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon $4.95 $5.95 103
Z3198 White & Gold Ribbon $5.95 $6.95 103
Z3132 Watercolor Paints $11.95 $12.95 104
Z726 Sponge Daubers $4.50 $5.95 105
Z1938 Sponge Daubers Value Pack $16.95 $18.95 105
Z1204 Bone Folder $4.95 $6.95 106
Z1207 Rub & Remove Eraser $2.95 $4.95 106
Z1382 Tweezers $5.95 $6.95 106
Z534 Micro-tip Scissors $9.95 $11.95 107
Z1836 Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors $13.95 $15.95 107
Z1279 VersaMat $14.50 $15.95 107
Z1912 Corner Rounder $7.95 $9.95 108
Z679 Liquid Glass $6.95 $7.95 108
1779 My Acryliz Cleaner Refill $11.50 $13.95 109
1778 My Acryliz Spritz Cleaner $4.95 $5.95 109
9035 Make It From Your Heart Vol 1 $7.95 $9.95 110
9042 Make It From Your Heart Vol 2 $7.95 $9.95 110

If you would like to be part of a Mystery Hostess party, I have a July Mystery Hostess party on my shopping site.  You get a Mystery Hostess party, you get an entry for every $25 spent and at the end of the month (when the party has ended) the Mystery Hostess is drawn and gets all the Hostess Rewards.  I will publish results here.  Party ends on July 30th (to give one day to get in the order for the Rewards and/or any other orders).

So right now, I'm going to put in my order for the Mystery Hostess (don't worry, I can't be drawn for the Hostess.)

Blessings and Happy Stamping!

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