Showing posts from July, 2012

Becoming a Close to My Heart Consultant

Becoming a Close to My Heart Consultant is cheaper than ever before. You can get a fabulous Consultant kit for as little as $49, and this month you also get a FREE beautiful bag.

Here is the basic Consultant Kit:

which includes: Read Me First Letter, Current Idea Book (qty. 3), Hostess Order Forms (W122/W122C, qty. 5), Customer Order Forms (W101/W101C, qty. 5), Close To My Heart Color Swatches (W471), Autumn/Winter 2012 B&T Duos® Sampler (W1115), My Acrylix® Nature's Delight Petite Perks™ Stamp Set (W2023), Workshops on the Go™ Avonlea Kit (G1045), Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes (X7155C), My Creations® Recipe/Photo Box (Z1322), Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet (Z1777), Chocolate Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2111), Slate Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2173), My Acrylix® Glamour Lowercase Stamp set (D1522), My Acrylix® Perfect Fit--Frames Stamp Set (D1527), 3" x 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006), and a 2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix® Block (Y1009).   A $130 value.

For an additional $50 you…

Sympathy Cards

Sympathy cards are the hardest cards for me to make. I had to make two cards this week. One I had been needing to make for a couple of weeks now, but it was too hard. A friend from high school's 10 year old past away. After consulting with some friends I decided to do a non-traditional sympathy card and used the Bo Bunny Blast Off line and my Artise Cricut Cartridge to create the card.

The other card is for a friend whose twenty year old nephew died of a stroke. I used the Bo Bunny Timeless line and my Artise Cricut Cartridge to create that card too. I used the Close to My Heart Card Chatter Sympathy

Here are the cards:

July Art Philosophy Blog Hop

Welcome to our July Art Philosophy Blog Hop! Each month we will showcase a feature of the amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

We're so excited to be doing this hop and we have a fabulous lineup with some very talented ladies. There will be lots of fun projects AND some blog candy!!!

Lucy Kelleher, our hostess and fellow CTMH Consultant, will be giving away a stamp set! She is giving away a prior Stamp of the Month set that can no longer be purchased called "You Are ...". (This stamp set has a $17.95 retail value). You will find a picture of the stamp set on her blog. To enter to win, you will need to leave a comment on her blog and on every stop of the blog hop. If you also become a follower of Lucy's blog, she will give you another entry .

This month we will be showcasing the "Card" feature of the cartridge. Did you know there are 100 different card shapes you…

Close To My Heart Altered Frame

If you enjoy playing with paper but card making or scrapbooking are not your cup of tea, the new Close to My Heart Idea Book is full of ideas and projects for you. They have more craft projects to decorate your home than I have ever seen. One of my favorites is the new Altered Frame.

I used the following Close to My Heart Products:

Altered Frame
Flirty Paper pack Opaque Gems New England Ivy Ink
I used the Art Philosophy Cartridge and Design Studio to create the frame shape and then used the new Artise Cartridge to create the flowers and leaves. Stay tuned to see the new Idea Book live on-line on August 1st or let me know you want on and I will mail you one ASAP.

2012-2013 Scrapbook Clubs

I love Fall, more than any other time of year. One of the best parts of fall is that I have more time to scrap again! I am starting 3 scrapbook clubs this fall. Here they are:

1. Traditional Thursday Night Scrap Club. This will be held the 1st Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:00. In exchange for a commitment of ordering $15 worth of product each month, you will receive a 1 page layout each month and once during the ten months you will receive $25 in free product and the Stamp of the Month. We will meet September through June. (Need 10 people, have 7 spots left)

2. Tuesday Night Scrap Club. This will be held either the 2nd or 3rd Tuesday of the month. We will meet from 6:30-8:00. In exchange for a commitment of ordering $25 worth of product each month, you will receive a 2 page layout each month and twice during the twelve months you will receive $25 in free product and the Stamp of the Month. (Need 6 people, have 5 spots left)

3. Workshop on the Go.  We will meet each month Septembe…

Virtual Monthly Hostess Club-Close to My Heart

Do you want the ability to order Close to My Heart products and receive FREE product while never leaving the comfort of your own scrap room? If so, my Virtual Monthly Hostess Club is for you.

* The minimum monthly order is only $15 (plus shipping & tax) per month for 12 months (August- July)

* This is just a "virtual" type club. We don't physically meet anywhere. It's just a way if you like our products to order each month and then one of the months you earn FREE product without having to do anything.
Benefit: This helps you budget your supplies a little at a time.

* Each month you will take turns being the Hostess.-You will earn at least $25 in FREE Close To My Heart product when it your turn to be the hostess. During your month to hostess you can send out electronic invites to your friends to order directly through my website to increase your FREE product and obtain higher price items at 1/2 price.
      -You can choose from stamp sets, paper packets, ink pads…

Workshop on the Go-Footloose

Workshops on the Go (WOTG) are a fabulous item that Close to My Heart has created to help make your scrapbooking even quicker and easier while still giving it a personalized, creative and beautiful look. I compare WOTG with quilt kits, almost everything you need from start to finish is included.

Close to My Heart's Workshop on the go include paper, embellishments, a stamp set and instructions. All you need are acrylic blocks, ink and paper trimmer to complete multiple layouts along with additional projects or cards.

I completed the Footloose WOTG for August and love the summer feel it has. Here are two of the double page layouts I completed with the kit and will be completing two more double layouts this weekend after camping.

We will be meeting August 16th at 6:00 to spend three hours creating 4 two page layouts. The cost is $38 and I will provide ink and extra paper needed to complete the layouts.

If you love completing so many layouts in a short period of time, consider joi…

Close to My Heart Retiring Items

It is that time of year again. The time when a new Close to My Heart Idea Book is about release with fabulous new products. However, with this change we say good-bye to some old items.

Close to My Heart is re-organizing their color palette and will offer 24 colors. Here are the colors that will be retired and if you want to stock up on the ink, cardstock, markers or re-inkers, you can order directly from my website before July 31st.

Grey Wool (5571)
Grey Flannel
Vanilla Cream (X5646)
Brown Bag
Baby Pink
Sunkiss Yellow
Key Lime
Heavenly Blue
Lilac Mist
Holiday Red
Sunny Yellow
Dutch Blue
Vineyard Berry
Garden Green
Spring Iris
Pansy Purple

Other items that will no longer be available after July 31st are:

Z1163 Double Scrubber (Note: Being replaced with a new version.)
Z1006 Microfiber Cloth
Z1404 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Cranberry
Z1405 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Outdoor Denim
Z1406 Qu…

July Card Workshop

Nothing says you care about someone more than a personal, handmade card. Whether you are sending them a card just because, birthday, thank you or sympathy, this workshop has the cards for you. On July 24th from 6:00-9:00 you can create as many cards as you can in this 3 hour period. Pizza dinner will also be provided. The cost of the workshop is $20 and all you have to bring is adhesive. RSVP by July 20th.
Here are the cards we are creating and underneath the technique we will be using:

Die Cuts and stamping

Die cuts and stamping

Heat Embossing, coloring ribbon, stamping

Inking and paper piecing

Ribbon, masking, stamping, die cuts

Die cuts, dry embossing

Stamping, die cuts

Folding, stamping

stamping, cutting 

Krista Apron

I love to quilt and play with paper and fabric. However, sewing is stressful for me if I have to do anything other than a straight line in a quilt block! I have a great friend though who has a birthday coming up and she is a cake decorator and I believe all good cake decorators need an apron. So on to Pintrest I went to find the perfect apron pattern. I immediately fell in love with the Krista Apron and set out to recreate it.

My first stop was to The Top Stitch quilt store in Spokane, Washington. I found the perfect dot and solid fabric. I did learn I need to make more aprons so they go quicker and I get better on my ruffles. I also need to find a new model because I am to short and squaty!

But today I will have to do, so here is my finished apron:

July Close to My Heart On-Line Special

If you are kicking yourself for not buying a certain paper pack when it was in the current Idea Book, you are in luck. This month with any $75 purchase from my website you will receive a FREE paper pack and matching embellishments. Here is a list of the FREE paper and corresponding order dates.

July 1–5Mischief Paper Packet (X7144B) and Midnight Felt Shapes (Z1462)$15.90July 6–10Dreamin’ Paper Packet (X7142B) and Harvest Charms (Z1633)$14.90July 11–15Fanfare Paper Packet (X7138B) and Fanfare Level 2 Assortment (Z1400)$17.90July 16–20Lucky Paper Packet (X7137B) and Lucky My Stickease® Assortment (X7137C)$17.90July 21–25Mayberry Paper Packet (X7136B) and Mayberry My Stickease® Assortment (X7136C)$17.90July 26–29Sophia Paper Packet (X7131B) and Sophia My Stickease® Assortment (X7131C)$17.90July 30–31Believe Paper Packet (X7145B) and Holiday Pockets (Z1486) OR Wonderland Paper Packet (X7146B) and Wonderland My Stickease® Assortment (X7146C)$14.90

You can also purchase the July Stamp of th…

Stationary Box with Close to My Heart Collage Cubes

First, I have to thank of Gerriann Armstrong of Scrapbooking & Stamping Creations for this fabulous idea. Her video was great on how to put this awesome gift idea together. Here is the final my product:

I used these Close to My Heart Products:

Art Philosophy CartridgeDotty for You paperSweet Leaf CardstockLagoon InkCocoa Cardstock Supplies:

Box from CTMH Collage Cubes2 pieces of cardstock2 pieces of chipboard cut to 9x9InkModge Podge or other adhesiveMisc. supplies to decorate the top of the box.
Cut the cardstock approximately 1/2" larger than your chipboard and wrap the cardstock around your chipboard:

You will do this twice.

After that I chose to cover my cardstock with patterned paper (even though most of it will be covered with the box I wanted a finished look.

At this point I inked my collage cube box so it was not a bright white. I used Lagoon Ink:

Now it is time to adhere your bottom piece of covered chipboard to the box. I used both glue dots and Modge Podge to make …