Tuesday, July 31, 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 can get the Master Kit:

which includes: Everything in the Essentials kit PLUS:
Current Idea Books (qty. 7 more), You Are Welcome Here Recruiting Brochures (W1151) (qty. 25), The Rewards come Now Hostess Brochures (W1150) (qty. 25), 5 Studio J® Layouts (redeem within 3 months, not shown), Studio J Brochures (W111/W111C) (qty. 5), Hostess Order Forms (W122/W122C), (qty. 20 more), Customer Order Forms (W101/W101C) (qty. 20 more), Petite Perks™ Nature's Delight Incentive Stamp Set (W2023) (qty. 4 more), Cello Bags (W1152) (qty. 25), My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782), My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778), Bonding Memories® Glue (1512), Sponge (Z697), Liquid Glass (Z679), Chocolate Exclusive Inks® Marker Set. A $280 value.

And this month you also receive this fabulous bag for FREE:

Whether  you want to join as a hobbyist to get a discount on product or earn some extra money, I would love to have you on my team whether you are near or far. I offer great support, project ideas and any other help you need.

Monday, July 30, 2012

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:

Friday, July 27, 2012

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 can make with this cartridge? You heard me correctly -- 100!!! Now we won't be able to show you ALL 100 card options, but we will show you as many as we can.

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - http://www.love2createitall.com.

This month I created a summer card and attached it to a bottle of wine that I altered with left overs from the Footloose Workshop on the Go:

The card is from page 50 of the Art Philosophy handbook an is 4". I used the following CTMH products:

Footloose WOTG
Wooden Sea Shapes
Lagoon Ink
Lagoon Cardstock
Creme Brulee and Lagoon baker's twine

These Close to My Heart products an be ordered directly through my website.

The next stop on your blog hop fun is Julia.

Here is the list of all the talented consultants who are participating in this months blog hop:

  1. Lucy ~ http://www.love2createitall.com
  2. Darla ~ http://www.stampingunderdoctorsorders.blogspot.com
  3. Gloria Shirr - http://purpleglocreations.blogspot.com
  4. Laura Wolff- http://scrappinsweetiesescape.blogspot.com
  5. Eva-http://loveofcreating.blogspot.com
  6. Danielle ~ http://littlebitofscrap.blogspot.com
  7. Connie ~ http://conniescraftycloset.blogspot.com
  8. Wendy ~ http://myscrapbookingblog.com
  9. Joanne - http://josiesjoy.blogspot.com
  10. Laura Charko - http://koladesigns.wordpress.com
  11. Carolyn Heniges - http://www.nuts4scrappin.blogspot.com
  12. Kindred Hearts (Penny) - http://itmakestotalcents.blogspot.com
  13. Stephanie Feist- http://www.quiltedscrapper.blogspot.com
  14. Julia Hammond http://youcancreatectmh.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping with us - we hope you LOVE all the projects we created!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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 September through June and create 3 or 4 two page layouts (depending on layouts that month). We will meet the 3rd Tuesday or 4th Thursday of each month. The cost will be approximately $38 each month and you will receive all materials for the layouts, extras and the stamp set coordinating with the layouts. Twice during the ten month commitment you will receive $25 in free product and the Stamp of the Month. (Need 5 people, have 3 spots left).

We will be having a sample WOTG on August 16th for you to check it out. The cost for the August workshop will be $38 for the WOTG and I hope to have all the layouts completed for this workshop in the next few days and posted on my blog and Facebook page. Payment for the August workshop will be due by August 3rd and if you wish to sign up for the Club, we will be ordering the next layout the first week of September.

Friday, July 20, 2012

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, markers, cardstock, acrylic blocks, Cricut Cartridges, albums and more.

        However, you do not have to do this to join the club...it's just a way to earn even more FREE goodies.

In addition to being the hostess, all members will receive:
* FREE Idea Books before other customers -
- Fall/Winter 2012 (goes live in August) and
- Spring Summer Book (you will get it in January when everyone else receives it in February)....
* A FREE gift just for joining!
* Stamp of the Month for FREE during hostess month
* One month of being the hostess earning at least $25 in FREE products.
* Periodic sales, sample products and goodies from me!
* At the end of the club you will receive a mini stamp set as a Thank You for participating!

How exactly does this work?
*All orders should be sent to me via e-mail by the 12th of each month, paid by the 15th!! I put in your order individually, shipping directly to you!
*Orders are processed and shipped straight to YOU as soon as you pay for your order.

 If you are interested in joining, please contact me ASAP and I will send an Idea Book out to you next week! My e-mail address is cardsbystephanie@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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 joining my Fall WOTG Club. We will meet the 4th week of each month, either Tuesday or Thursday. The cost will be close to $38 each month and we will get layouts made during our meeting time.

RSVP to August's workshop by August 1st.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

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 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Chocolate
Z4110 Snapease Album System
Z1323 Clear Cards - 4 1/4" x 5 ½" Asst.
Z1309 Clear Cards - 4 ½” Asst.
Z1383 Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1384 Designer Ribbon - Pink Collection
Z1397 Canvas Badge Buttons
Z1367 Bitty Brads Basic Asst
Z1368 Bitty Brads Metal Asst
Z1104 Clear Sparkles (Note: Being replaced with all round sparkles)
Z1698 Mini-Medley Accents - Pacifica
Z1320 Mini-Medley Accents - Tulip
Z1338 Mini-Medley Accents - Sunset
Z1488 Mini-Medley Accents - Honey
Z1403 Photo Hangers
Z1402 Hinges
Z1690 Bitty Buds Asst
Z1691 Bottle Caps
Z1693 Seaside Wooden Shapes (SOLD OUT)
Z1688 Comic Badge Buttons
Z1635 Heirloom Asst
Z1337 Dimensional Elements Ornaments (Note: Updated to coordinate with Cricut Artiste)
Z1224 My Creations All Sorts Mini Album
Z1334 My Creations Mix & Mingle Mini Album (My personal favorite)
Z1321 My Creations A-Door-Ables
Z1152 My Creations Cube
4275 My Legacy Writers
Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer (Note: Being replaced with Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Trimmer)
Z339 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blades
Z340 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blade/Scoring
1766 Dotto Dots Dispenser
1767 Dotto Dots Refill

The Stamp sets being retired are:

A1095 Always Remember
A1099 Angel Sent
A1107 A Twinkle
A1108 A Flitter
A1109 A Sip
A1110 A Timber
A1113 A Game
A1115 A Holiday
B1356 St. Nick
B1359 Fright Night
B1361 Tannenbaum
B1362 Tag The Occasion
B1381 Holiday Cheer
B1393 Joyful Jar
B1394 John 3:16
C1379 Holiday Commentary
C1382 Holiday Commentary - Spanish
C1383 Holiday Commentary - French
C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small
C1408 Live Inspired
C1419 Harvest Home
C1420 Snow Days
C1423 Captured Moments
C1424 Nature's Gift
C1425 Month By Month
C1426 Thanksgiving
C1427 I Believe
C1429 Party Pennants
C1465 Unscripted
C1468 Winter Joy
C1470 Gnome Garden
C1471 Happy Clusters
C1472 Bundled Buddies
D1136 Giggle Caps
D1137 Giggle Lowercase
D1267 Rustic Numbers
D1306 Treasure Life
D1308 All Decked Out
D1373 Childhood Portrait
D1384 Snow Flurries
D1386 Save The Date
D1387 Made With Love
D1397 Save The Date - French
D1398 Save The Date - Spanish
D1401 Authentic
D1436 The Present
D1437 Party Animal
D1446 Adorn-able
D1449 Father Christmas
D1493 Fill In The Blank - Holiday
D1499 Live Your Style
E1002 Rustic Alphabet
E1006 Baroque Alphabet
E1011 Headline Alphabet Large
E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large

Thank you to consultant Debra Van Patten for compiling this list.

The paper packs continuing to the Fall/Winter Idea Book are:


All other paper packs in the current Idea Book will be gone.
Purchase any of these items through my website and be entered to win $25 in free product. If you have any other questions please let me know.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

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 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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:

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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 1–5
Mischief Paper Packet (X7144B) and Midnight Felt Shapes (Z1462)$15.90
July 6–10Dreamin’ Paper Packet (X7142B) and Harvest Charms (Z1633)$14.90
July 11–15Fanfare Paper Packet (X7138B) and Fanfare Level 2 Assortment (Z1400)$17.90
July 16–20Lucky Paper Packet (X7137B) and Lucky My Stickease® Assortment (X7137C)$17.90
July 21–25Mayberry Paper Packet (X7136B) and Mayberry My Stickease® Assortment (X7136C)$17.90
July 26–29Sophia Paper Packet (X7131B) and Sophia My Stickease® Assortment (X7131C)$17.90
July 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 the Month for an additional $5.

Order directly from my on-line site here.

Monday, July 2, 2012

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 Cartridge
  • Dotty for You paper
  • Sweet Leaf Cardstock
  • Lagoon Ink
  • Cocoa Cardstock

  1. Box from CTMH Collage Cubes
  2. 2 pieces of cardstock
  3. 2 pieces of chipboard cut to 9x9
  4. Ink
  5. Modge Podge or other adhesive
  6. Misc. 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 sure it would not come off.

Before adhering the top of you box you will want to make a hinge to for your box I forgot to photograph this step, but I took an approximately 1 1/2" x 7" piece of the chipboard and covered it with matching patterned paper and adhere it to the back of the box  base. I then put some glue dots on the top of the hinge and placed the lid over it and pressed.

There are many different ways you can cover the inside of the box. In Gerriann's video she created many different "holders" for cards, envelopes and a pen. I chose to make a slot for cards and a pen:

Now your box is complete and you just have to decorate the top and fill it!

Enjoy and if you create a stationary box I would love to see a picture of it.