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Saturday, September 6, 2014

National Stamping Month: 30 Years of Happy!


Welcome to a special edition Blog Hop! 

September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! 

If you have come here from {Carol-Anne Grenier’s blog}, you’re in the right place! There are more than 35 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Not only is it National Stamping Month, Close to My Heart is also celebrating its 30th Anniversary by offering this exclusive C-size stamp set. The possibilities are endless with all the fun shapes and designs!

*Promotion details are at the end of the post.

I kept it really simple when designing my artwork. I random-stamped tone-on-tone flowers to create a fun background, stamped a sentiment, tied on a piece of Baker’s Twine, and the Canary card was done. I love the star patterned paper in the Chalk It Up set, so it was perfect for the Rock Star sentiment in the stamps. It also gave me an opportunity to use our new Enamel Stars. Finally, I used a 1-inch circle punch and a piece of the Paper Fundamentals to make a circle pendant from our Base & Bling line. I stamped the camera image in Archival Black Ink, heat set it with a craft heater, and then it sit for a bit. I applied some Liquid Glass over the image and set in the glass cover. A couple of charms finished it off.




Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:

X5772 Canary Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X7184B Chalk It Up Paper Packet
Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment
Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2010 White Enamel Stars
Z1921 Baker's Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment
Z1964 Base & Bling Circle Pendant—Faux Antiqued Silver
Z1966 Base & Bling Circle Glass Covers
Z1940 Base & Bling Chain—Faux Antiqued Silver
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z1999 1" Circle Punch

Now “Hop” on over to {Maria Myers’s blog} to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s site to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! Don’t forget, this exclusive stamp set is only available through September 30th! Click here to order yours today!

*September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of our on-going celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - September: Family is Forever


Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we’re featuring the September set Family is Forever, a set of 7 stamps. 

If you have come here from {Kami Welter’s blog}, you’re in the right place! There are more than 70 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Off we go!


I don’t know about you, but I am madly in love with the Chalk It Up paper pack! It is definitely one of my favorites from Annual Inspirations.


For September my swap group was given the challenge of using Chalk It Up with all its doodles and stars and such with the Family is Forever Stamp of the Month. My personal assignment was to make a card with said paper and stamps. This took some thinking!

I felt like the flower in the stamp set was too small for the paper I’d decided to use, so I embossed the Flaxen cardstock to give it some texture. To bring a sense of cohesiveness to everything, I sponged the edge of the black scallop circle with White Daisy ink, edge distressed the Lagoon square with the Micro-tip Scissors, very lightly sanded the edge of the dotted B&T (patterned paper), and sanded across all the stripes in the Flaxen cardstock to bring out some of the white core.


Even though I thought the flower stamp was too small to use as a flower on my card, I did think it would make the perfect center for a flower. I cut flower shapes from the Art Philosophy cartridge, stamped the small flower on White Daisy cardstock, and then cut it out before adhering it to the center of the Cricut flowers. I used my embossing tool and push pad to curl the petals to give them some dimension.

Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:

S1409 Family is Forever stamp set
X7184B Chalk It Up Paper Packet
Z2163 White Daisy Exclusive Inks stamp pad (pigment-based)
Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment 
Z1988 Black Striped Twill
Z1960 Stripe Embossing Folder
Z1294 Sanding Kit
Z697 Round Sponge
Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors
Z2046 Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit
Z1686 Cricut© Art Philosophy Collection

Now “Hop” on over to {Priscilla Gotham’s blog} to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s site to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! Don’t forget, this exclusive stamp set is only available through September 30th! Click here to order yours today!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Annual Inspirations: New Product Blog Hop



With the release of Close to My Heart’s new Annual Inspirations catalog, the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop group decided to do a special edition Blog Hop.

If you have come here from {Michelle Stewart’s blog}, you’re in the right place! There are more than 50 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Let’s get started!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, if not my favorite holiday, and I am absolutely in love with our new Scaredy Cat paper packet. That being said, it’s always a good idea to do something other than the obvious, so I wanted to use these papers for something other than Halloween.

The colors in Scaredy Cat are fun and festive, and I felt like several of the patterns leant themselves well to other types of celebrations, especially birthdays. Combine all this with the Build-a-Cake stamp set and you have the perfect birthday card!



Even though there is Black in the patterned paper, I liked how Slate looked less severe and maybe even more elegant. I used Slate for the cake plate and candle and alternated Thistle and Sunset for the cake layers. The candle flame needed a little something extra, so I just traced around it with the Golden Yellow ShinHan Marker.



My favorite new specialty paper is the Purple Glitter Paper, and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to use it, too. It added enough bling that I didn’t need to use any other embellishments.

Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:



 







Now “Hop” on over to {Lela Norris’ blog} to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s site to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! If you'd like to take a look at all the other goodies in Annual Inspirations, click here. Happy creating!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Annual Inspirations: The NEW Catalog from Close to My Heart

Close to My Heart always releases new products on August 1st, but this year things are just slightly different. This time the catalog will be good for an entire year, so it contains even more fabulous products for you to choose from! There are nine fun and versatile paper packets, five new colors of cardstock and ink, a new alcohol-based marker line, and much, much more!


The catalog can be viewed online by clicking the link above, or you can order your very own copy. The fastest and easiest way to do this is to order one from my website by clicking here

I can't wait to hear what you think!

Vicki

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - August: What a Hoot



Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we’re featuring the August set What a Hoot, a set of 17 stamps. 

If you have come here from Haley Dyer’s blog, you’re in the right place! There are more than 60 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating! Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Off we go!

When I was a kid my aunt loved owls, so every time I see one I think of her. They’re one of those once-popular icons that has come back around again, and I think this stamp set is just so darn cute!


With each new catalog my monthly swap group changes things up a bit. For the next six months each member has to use the same assigned paper packet with that month’s Stamp of the Month set. Our swap leader has given us some really challenging combinations this time. The paper packet for August was Wanderful. It has fun designs featuring travel themes. What? Travel themes with an owl stamp set? That’s right!



The other part of my particular assignment for August was to use a 3-D shape from one of our Cricut cartridges. After giving all of this some thought and perusing the Cricut shape booklets, I decided I wanted to go with a party theme. I used the cake/pie box on Artiste. These are so easy to put together!




I stamped the owl image on both the polka dot paper and the paper with the graph paper design. Then I cut out the area around the eyes and the tummy from the graph paper pattern and glued them down in the appropriate areas on the polka dot pieces. I used one of our new ShinHan Touch Twin Markers to give the eyes a touch of color.

Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:

S1408 What a Hoot stamp set
X7191B Wanderful Paper Packet
44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim
Z2459 Pastel Green ShinHan© Touch Twin© Marker
Z1790 Cricut© Artiste Collection


Now “Hop” on over to Michelle Johns' blog to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s site to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! Don’t forget, this exclusive stamp set is only available through August 31st! Click here to order yours today!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - July: Circus Alphabet



Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we’re featuring the July set Circus Alphabet, a set of 68 stamps. 

If you have come here from Kami Welter’s blog, you’re in the right place! There are more than 50 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Off we go!



Who doesn't love to doodle? That’s why I think this stamp set is so cute. It’s made up of doodled letters and numbers! That being said, I wanted to use a paper that was fun and whimsical like these letters are. It only took me a moment to choose the floral pattern from the Lollydoodle papers. 



Using the Art Philosophy cartridge I cut a flower from Juniper cardstock and then cut the coordinating layer from White Daisy cardstock. The Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape coordinated perfectly with some of the flower centers in the paper, so I applied it to the center of the Juniper flower before attaching the white flower. I cut leaves from both Pear cardstock and the Green Glitter Paper with the Artiste cartridge and tucked them under the flower.



Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:

S1407 Circus Alphabet stamp set
X7183B Lollydoodle Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy cardstock
X5752 Juniper cardstock
Z1847 Green Glitter Paper
Z2165 Juniper Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z1930 Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z1851 Scallop Border Punch
Z1686 Cricut© Art Philosophy Collection
Z1790 Cricut©  Artiste Collection

Now “Hop” on over to Dawn Ross’ blog to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s site to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! Don’t forget, this exclusive stamp set is only available through July 31st! Click here to order yours today!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - June: Kaboom!

 

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we’re featuring the June set Kaboom!, a set of 16 stamps. 

If you have come here from Gina Brandstetter’s blog, you’re in the right place! There are more than 50 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Off we go!



My first instinct when looking at this stamp set is to do something for the 4th of July; however, since I used the Jubilee papers for last month’s Hop, I really wanted to do something else.

I started thinking about different color combinations I could use and was just going to use cardstock when I remembered the Paper Fundamentals. Ah-ha! The black would be perfect! Add in some Cranberry and Honey and I had just what I was looking for.





I stamped the TNT on a piece of scrap and then cut it out, removing the fuse from the end. I replaced that with a piece of frayed twine for a fun bit of texture.

Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:

S1406 Kaboom! stamp set
Z1939 Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment
1385 White Daisy cardstock
1272 Cranberry cardstock
X5668 Honey cardstock
44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z1751 Baker’s Twine Harvest Assortment
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape


Now “Hop” on over to Kami Welter’s blog to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s site to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! Don’t forget, this exclusive stamp set is only available through June 30th! Click here to order yours today!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Blog Hop Special Edition: National Scrapbooking Month & Free to Be Me


It’s National Scrapbooking Month and that calls for a special edition Blog Hop – Free to Be Me! 



If you have come here from Terry Ann Diack’s blog, you’re in the right place! There are 20 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Let’s get started!


Every year Close to My Heart offers a special paper packet for National Scrapbooking Month, and this year’s is my favorite one yet! It’s got bright, bold colors, trendy patterns, embossed cardstock, and even patterned vellum! (Details on how to get your hands on this terrific paper pack for just $5 are at the end of this post.)


I was perusing Facebook the other night and saw a summer-themed project a fellow consultant had made using Free to Be Me. I was instantly inspired and knew I wanted to make a summer layout. When I set to work I opened up one of my pattern books and found additional inspiration in the very first layout design I looked at! It was just details after that.


I used some of the summer-themed keys on the Artbooking cartridge for my title, as well as a few other elements. I modified the summer photo mat ever so slightly in Cricut Craft Room so that I could remove the holes that would have been used for making a mini album. I cut a piece of white cardstock just slightly smaller than the title piece, applied 3 rows of Teal Shimmer Trim, and then adhered the title over the top.


You will notice that I did no stamping on this layout! I used the phrases from one of the zip strips, a sentiment cut on the Cricut, and arrows that came from the borders I also cut on the Cricut. So fast and easy! Now I just have to wait for summer to stick around so I can grab some snapshots to make my project complete.


So how can you get a Free to Be Me paper collection for yourself? It’s easy! During National Scrapbooking Month in May, you can get the Free to Be Me paper collection for just $5 with your qualifying purchase of $50. The paper collection features exclusive printed cardstocks, vellums, and B&T Duos™ and, with a retail value of $11.95, is a fantastic deal for products you can’t get anywhere else. Plus, with your $50 qualifying purchase, you will also qualify for the May Stamp of the Month for an additional $5 (retail value $17.95)! This means May is the perfect month to double up on promotions, getting the paper collection for $5 and the May Stamp of the Month for $5—that is a savings of nearly $20! So make sure to get your Free to Be Me paper collection in May for just $5 and let your creativity take flight! Click here to order.

Now “Hop” on over to Maria Myers’ blog to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s blog for more creative inspiration.


Here is what I used:

Free to Be Me paper collection – National Scrapbooking Month exclusive!
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
9042 Make It from Your Heart Volume 2