Sunday, June 30, 2013

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring July's Stamp of the Month, Sweet Life, a set of 9 stamps.  If you have came here from Sheila's Blog, you are on the right path.  The blog hop is a great big circle, you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participating consultants here.

I will be uploading additional artwork soon!  I just returned from convention and have to unpack my supplies!  Love this stamp set and can't wait to color the images!


Additional artwork by Close To My Heart.
The July Stamp of the Month can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying Close To My Heart purchase.  You can see all the details on my Current Specials page!

We have over 50 consultants participating in the blog hop!  Hop on over to Brae's Blog to see her artwork.  Be sure and continue on with the hop for more stamping inspiration!  Get your set before it's gone!  The last day to order is July 31, 2013.

Thanks for stopping by!
 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Cricut Artbooking Collection!

Woo Hoo!  Close to My Heart just announced a new Cricut Collection, Artbooking!  Of course, this is another MUST HAVE cartridge for your Collection.  Just like our other cartridges, this collection features 700 images!  The images include a font, mini books and full layouts!  The layout collections feature accents, borders, titles, overlays and photo mats!  All of these items will be perfect for making cards and other crafting projects as well!  Want your cartridge now???  Sign up to be a Close To My Heart consultant and order your very own copy at a great discount on July1!  You can also wait until August 1 and order direct from my website!  Here is a peek at a mini album I created today at the Close To My Heart convention!







Check back soon for more sneak peeks to come!


Monday, June 24, 2013

Merry Monday #68


Time for a new sketch challenge at Merry Monday!  I decided to cool things off with a few snowflakes!  Here is the original sketch design for you to create with-



I added a little bling to my pattern paper with rhinestone sparkles.  Super quick way to add interest to the card, while keeping it mailing friendly.


I added a few layers to the inside as well.  Those little scraps of pattern paper come in handy for the inside of cards!



All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
A1115 A Holiday Stamp Set
Clearly Sentimental About Christmas Stamp Set-MFT
Winter Fun Papers by Carta Bella
1273 Desert Sand Cardstock
X5666 Twilight Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2160 Twilight Ink
Retired Cashmere Ribbon
Z1752 Clear Sparkles
Fishtail Dies by MFT

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Catered Crop-Die Cuts/Punches
Christmas Card Challenges-Anything Goes
Great Impressions-Leave a Little Sparkle

Be sure and stop by the other Merry Maker's blogs to see their creations!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Freshly Made Sketches #91

Time for a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  With Independence Day just around the corner, I made a July 4th themed card.  I put my stash of 6x6 paper pads to use for this one!  Just about everything on this card was made with the Summer Splash paper pack by My Mind's Eye.  I am trying to actually use vs just collect the paper packs! I went off the original design just a tad with my banners, here is the original sketch for your interpretation-
My USA sentiment is part of one of the paper designs.  I cut it out with a circle punch and then layered onto my rosette.  For the rosette, I cut my cardstock into a 1" x 12" strip and then scored every 1/4".  I assemble my rosettes with the help of a hot glue gun.....often my rosette comes unstuck hours later with my ATG gun.

 

Supplies-
Cardstock by Close To My Heart (White Daisy, Cranberry, Pacifica)
Pattern Paper-Summer Splash by My Mind's Eye
Ribbon by Close To My Heart, retired

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope to see you this week at Freshly Made Sketches!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Merry Monday #67


Back for another sketch challenge at Merry Monday!  I am really digging into the pattern paper stash for my Christmas cards lately.  Only one short week before I head out for the Close To My Heart Convention!  I can't wait to see the new Christmas stamps and papers!  I love making Christmas cards, they are my favorite!  At the moment though, I am a little tired of my current Christmas stamps.....can't wait to add some new designs to the mix!


I tore my pattern paper into a resemblance of the sketch.  Did you know that you can get a controlled tear on your cardstock by wetting it first?  I simple went over the area I wanted to tear with a waterbrush and then tore along the wet edge. 


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
C1525 Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Stamp Set
Clearly Sentimental About Christmas Stamp Set-MFT
Winterings Paper Pack-Little Yellow Bicycle
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
X5642 Cocoa Cardstock
Z2114 Cocoa Ink
Circle Stax Dies-MFT
Snow Flurry Die-SU
Retired Badge Buttons

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T-Christmas
Hiding in my Craft Room-Die Cuts
The Craft Garden-Color Challenge

Be sure and stop by the other Merry Maker's blogs to see their creations!
Thanks for stopping by!

H2H Inspiration Photo Challenge


We are having a photo inspiration challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  The moment I saw the photo, I knew I would be inking up the Hello Tweety stamp set.  What will your inspiration be?


I love the little flowers on the bird cage and decided to replicate them in my card.  I first punched out my shapes.  Then I misted the cardstock with water and scrunched the flowers up.  The little spray pens offered by Close To My Heart are perfect for misting.  I keep one filled with water in my go to tools!  While the flowers were still damp, I inked up the edges.  Once the flowers were dry, I layered two together and added a pearl center.  They add great dimension to my stamped image.


My card is based on the sketch challenge at Sweet Sunday.  The banner in the sketch was perfect for using my favorite embellishment, burlap!


I carried over the bird cage theme to the inside of  my card. I stamped my bird cage in second generation ink to get a lighter image in the same color family.


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
B1420 Hello Tweety Stamp Set
X7156B Clementine Paper Packet (retiring soon!)
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
Z2171 Saddle Ink
Z1760 Burlap Ribbon
Z1380 Spray Pens
Z1707 Bitty Pearls
Circle Stax Dies by MFT
Flower Punch by SU

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar-Things with Wings
Glitter n Sparkle-3 of something (3 flowers)
Southern Girls-Punch It Out

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Merry Monday #66


Once again the weekend has flown by and brings us to Monday morning! I am totally not a morning person and about the only good thing I can say about Mondays....is the Merry Monday Sketch Challenge!  Here is a look at this week's sketch-



For a different look for your banners...do not adhere them all the way down on your card.  Before applying adhesive, I roll the end of my banners on my paper piercing tool to give them a little lift.  I then apply adhesive only 3/4s of the way down the banner.  This gives a little added dimension to your card with no pop dots needed!



I used one of the subtle prints in the paper pack to line the inside of my card. 


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1520 Ornamental Cheer Stamp Set
Clearly Sentimental About Christmas Stamp Set-MFT
Signature Christmas Paper Pack by My Mind's Eye
X5642 Cocoa Cardstock
X5666 Twilight Cardstock
Z2500 Whimsy Pigment Inks
Z821 Clear Embossing Powder
Fishtail Dies-MFT

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
CHNC-Use a die cut or punch
Cuttlebug Mania-Christmas in June (used my Cuttlebug for cutting my dies)

Be sure and stop by the other Merry Maker's blogs to see their creations!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New While Supplies Last Items!

New items have been added to the While Supplies Last section of my online store!  Prices start at $1.00!  Here are a few of the new items-

Lots of fun embellishments have been added as well.  You can view all of the discounted items here. Click on Join the June Mystery Hostess Gathering prior to completing your order to be entered into my monthly drawing!  Have questions?  Contact me.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Freshly Made Sketches #89


Rita has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  I love the little banner details! Here is the original sketch for you to play with-


I could not resist adding in a little burlap to my card.  All of the burlap features on my card are from the burlap ribbon by Close To My Heart.  My "twine" is actually single strands of burlap pulled from the ribbon.  My banners are cut from the ribbon as well.  Have you ever attempted to cut burlap into banners and had your sharp corners unravel on you?  Here is an easy fix....before cutting your burlap, attach to a piece of coordinating cardstock.  I put ATG adhesive on scrap piece of cardstock, then attach the burlap.  It is much easier to apply the adhesive to the paper and adhere the burlap, vs applying to the burlap first.  Once you have your burlap adhered, you can then cut with scissors or die cut.  All of your strands will stay in place and you will have crisp edges.



All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
A1135 Quick Cards-Bumble Bee Stamp Set
X7164B Buzz & Bumble Paper Pack
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
Z2503 Basics Pigment Inks
Z2123 Goldrush Ink
Z821 Clear Embossing Powder
Z1760 Burlap Ribbon
Fishtail Dies by MFT

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Animal Friends Challenge-Bugs
Crafty Calendar Challenge-Things with Wings
Craft Room Challenge-Use your scraps
OLLCB-Inspired by Nature
QKR Stampede-Winged Creatures
Songbird Challenges-All Creatures Great & Small

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see your creation this week at Freshly Made Sketches!


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New Patriotic Stamp Release!


Celebrate military service and promote patriotism with our new patriotic stamp sets—available only from June 1 to July 31, 2013. Three dollars from each B-size My Acrylix® Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set will be donated to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country. Show your support with your own patriotic stamp set!

B1437  Courage $9.95






 

D1576 Home of the Brave $17.95

 

D1575 Strong & Free $17.95



 Receive a free My Creations® mini banner by placing a $25 order that includes a qualifying stamp set. The mini banner includes 10 chipboard pennants in 4 different shapes with 9 jump rings for hanging. Use the mini banner as a decoration for your parties and get-togethers this summer for many “banner” days!
Dates: Offer valid June 1–30, 2013.

Contact me with any questions about these special promotions!


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