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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wishes Club - August

I just LOVE our new Wishes Card Club!!
In August, we will be making this card using the Wishes Sunrise pattern. There are a couple of things we are going to tweek - again to show the complete versatility of this great book!!

The card calls for a pattern from the CD (included with each book), but instead of using the pattern itself, we are using the negative from the pattern to create a sunrise. Also, the original pattern calls for a 3" x 6" card, we are making a 3 1/2" x 8" card. I also plan to show how easily this will attach to a layout!

The car, camper, and sentiment are all on 3-D foam tape - not easy to see in the photo. My card was inspired by Wishes and Yvette West's cool card which you can see here.

All supplies CMTH unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Campin' Fever, Extreme Caps (for the dashes in the road)
Cardstock: Outdoor Denim, Bamboo, Colonial White
Ink: Honey, Autumn Terracotta, Olive, Black, Brown Bag, Barn Red, Versamark & white embossing powder for road lines
Other: 3-D foam tape, heat tool, sanding block

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's Been TOO Long!

It's been too long since my last post -- sorry! I've been getting ready for my trip to Long Beach, CA for our Leadership Convention! I can't wait - not only to see all the new products and programs CTMH has in store, but also to spend a few days exploring the area with my friend Pam! The weather looks great for the week - 79 and sunny! I'll be sure and post WONDERFUL photos and projects when I return!

Until then, I thought I'd post my roommate gifts! This was a project I pretty much had to throw-together at the last minute! I'm hoping my roomies will be too busy getting ready for our trip to check my lil' ol' blog! LOL!

These projects were made with our Moon Doggie papers. This is a little backpack with post-it's in the front pocket and a mini-pen and chocolates on the inside - perfect for marking all the new items we want in the new Idea Book!! You can find the tutorial on how to make it here.

The flip-flap book has 5 of our flip-flaps inside and will hold up to 10 photos/memories of our unforgettable trip!! This little guy was SO easy to put together - originally designed by fellow CTMH consultant Anna Jarnagin - you could add more flip flaps to your book if you want!

Wouldn't this be a great road-trip or vacation gift to give your kids along with a disposable camera for them to take their own pictures for their memory album? In any paper pack to coordinate with your trip - like Route 66 or Back Country! What about a back to school gift using Animal Cookies paper to take pictures of their new friends and teacher?

All supplies CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Moon Doggie Level 2 paper packet, White Textured cardstock
Stamps: Extreme Happiness, Tiny Typewriter Alphabet
Ink: Desert Sand, Cranberry, Honey, Bamboo
Other: Colonial White crocheted ribbon (Colonial White Ribbon Rounds), Cranberry Bigger Brads (Winter Classic Collection), Memory Protectors Flip Flaps, 3-D Foam Tape, Bamboo eyelets, Velcro dots

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cafe Cimino Country Inn

We had a girl's day out last month and went shopping at an outlet mall and then had dinner at a gourmet restaurant in Sutton, WV. This place was fabulous! The bread they served with spiced dipping oil was fabulous! Even the house salad was the BEST I'd ever had! The entre's not only beautiful, but delicious! And dessert -- well, it was so good that I ate it before I could take a picture of it! LOL!
This month's Reflections Club layout is Front & Center - Accent Band. The technique we are learning is cardstock weaving. This is a fun little accent to add to your pages! You can weave it so that your base page shows through or weave it tight. You can even weave different colors together. Lots of fun options!

Here is a close up of the weave:

Here is a close up of the ruched ribbon:

Gear Up Stamp Set on Sale!

In my last post, I featured our Gear Up stamp set. Are you a regular viewer of our CTMH TV shows? You have to check this month's show! It's all about random stamping! And they have used the Gear Up stamp set as random stamped flowers!! It's really cool!

But wait, there's more!! The Gear Up stamp set is currently available at a discount on my website now through August 31st. Normally it retails for $18.95 - now available on my website for only $16! Click here to see all discounted products currently available on my website.

These shows are great. Not only do you get to see how to create a project with the featured sale item, the show is jam packed with LOTS of other ideas, techniques, and inspiration. The current episode covers random stamping, chosing paper colors to enhance your photos, our different adhesives and their purposes, and much more! Be sure to watch them all the way to the end! In fact, I just made a cup of Stash Peppermint Tea & a bowl of Craisins to go with my TV viewing! So grab yourself a little something to relax with, sit back and enjoy the show! Click here to watch now.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tinkerin' Robot Card

I LOVE the Gear Up stamp set that coordinates with our Tinkerin' papers. This card was designed by Vicki Wizniuk - I can't take any credit for it. I just think it is too cute and had to create one of my own! It just uses a tiny piece of B&T (pattern) paper - the rest is random stamped. You can use any color combo to match your gift or gift wrap!

Click here to get your very own Gear Up Stamp set and other Close To My Heart supplies.

All materials Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Tinkerin' L2 paper pack, Holiday Red cardstock
Stamps: Gear Up (C1353), Tiny Typewriter Alpha (for eyes), Happy Birthday
Inks: Twilight, Holiday Red, Sunflower, Clover Meadow, Black, Grey Flannel
Other: Summer Bigger Brads, 3-D Foam Tape, paper krimper (Fiscars)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Birthday Blessings

Wednesday was my sweet mom's 72nd birthday! She is part of the reason we moved here in 2005. After spending 20+ years on the west coast, I'm SO grateful to be able to live close to her now! We spent the entire day together! We started the day with a little shopping, then walked downtown to Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream.

Ellen's is a staple of Charleston, situated along a tree-lined portion of Capital Street - across from Taylor Books where Jennifer Gardner is known to visit, we had a salad followed by - of course - homemade ICE CREAM!Then we walked down to Capital Market to browse the fresh flowers and vegetables.

Then walked back home to cool down before we set out to dinner with my Aunt June at the Whitewater Grille downtown. It was delicious! Follwed by a homemade Keylime Birthday Pie!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wishes Card Club Cards

Here are the cards we will be making in my Wishes Card club this month. The pattern is called Enchanting Enclosure - the technique is emboss resist.

First we stamp the cardstock using versamark ink, apply clear embossing powder over the versamark, then heat to set. Then you sponge ink over the cardstock and the dots will keep the color of the cardstock (resist the ink), while the rest of the cardstock absorbs the ink. This is a 6x6 card with an enclosure that slides off of the bottom to open the card.
The second card is a variation on both the pattern and technique.
It is smaller (4 1/4" x 4 1/4"), the enclosure is actually attached to the front (doesn't slide off), and the cardstock has been embossed with my cuttle bug, then lightly sanded to reveal our white core. I absolutely LOVE our new Wishes book! Click here to order yours today!

All supplies CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Cardstock: Colonial White, Hollyhock, Blush, Chocolate, Crystal Blue, White Daisy, Buttercup
B&T paper: back side of Bella flower paper
Stamps: Sweet Baby, Headline Lg alpha, Childhood, Baby Steps, Argyle Backgrounds
Inks: Chocolate, Hollyhock (1st & 2nd generation), versamark
Other: Chocolate Ribbon Rounds, Ricrac Collection, Winter Cozy sassy strands, Winter Classic sassy strands, Chocolate & Colonial White brads, 3-D foam tape, Baby Blue metal accents - safety pin (no longer available), cuttle bug - swiss dots, fiskars - crinkler

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Baby Shower Gift

I'm offering this CUTE gift idea as a workshop this month. My theme is a baby shower - but you could easily change the paper and theme to wedding, vacation, college, anniversary gift, etc.

There is a coordinating keepsake/gift box:

A coordinating journal & pen:

And a coordinating album complete with 12 pages (perfect for a baby's first year):

Click here to see sign up info or contact me to see about ordering a kit to do at home!

This workshop was completely inspired by fellow CTMH consultant Chris Green.

All products Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Stamps: Today's Date, Childhood, Headline Alphabet Large, Thoughtful Seasons

Inks: Indian Corn Blue, Desert Sand, Tulip, Sunflower

Paper: Animal Cookies L1 kit, Animal Cookies L2 paper packet

Other: My Creations Memory Keeper, My Creations 3 Ring Binder, White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon, Summer Buttons, Sunflower Waxy flax, Silver photo clips, 3-D foam tape, spiral bound journal (staples), pen (Pentel RSVP)

Monday, July 6, 2009

It's Your Day Cards & Gift Box

Get this gift box filled with 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs) FREE from me when you host a gathering in July or August! Make it a casual, fun party for the summer or choose one of my theme parties! Contact me to hold the date today!

All supplies Close To My Heart - unless otherwise noted:

X8622 It's Your Day card kit

Z1116 My Creation's Memory Keeper

X7105B Emporium Level 2 Paper packet

x7114B Bella Level 2 paper packet

(You can actually use any scrap paper you have for the box!)

Black cardstock

Z308 Liquid Applique

Z679 Liquid Glass

Z134 Prisma Glitter

Cupcake sprinkles (from the grocery store!)

Z555 Craft Heater

Z1151 3D Foam Tape

Friday, July 3, 2009

Interactive Scrapbook Pages Made Easy!

On May 1st of this year, Close To My Heart introduced a fabulous new product to their line called Flip Flaps! These 4x6 protectors have an adhesive strip on the side which allows you to easily add additional photos, journaling and memorabilia to your layouts without cluttering or excessive bulk!

Check out this fabulous video tutorial made by fellow CTMH consultant Tresa Black. Once you've seen this you will want to get your very own supply of these flip-flaps! Click here to order these incredibly cost-effective elements (a pack of 15 for only $3.95) from my website and have them shipped directly to you!

Also, for those of you who ordered the goodie boxes in June, you may have received 9x9 page protectors. Stay tuned to the end of the show to see how to use those on your interactive pages as well! Don't have the 9x9 protectors? Click here to order yours today!

Enjoy the show!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Imagine Club Layout

This month's Imagine club layout is called Serenade on pg. 36. (Click on the image above to see the full layout.)

I've chosen our Whoops A Daisy papers for this layout - it went so well with the colors in the photos! It's a little on the "bright & busy" side for me, but I must say that I really like the Picture Perfect stamp set that I used with this layout. You can see the stamp set here. So many options with this stamp set - including elelgant designs. I can't wait to use those as well!

Are you interested in joining one of my scrapbook or card clubs to learn new techniques and patterns, have a girl's night out once a month, plus earn FREE products? Contact me for more information!

All supplies are CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Picture Perfect, September Word Puzzle, All My Love, Solo I, Heartfelt
Inks: Hydrangea, Watermelon, Ocean
Paper Packet: Whoops-A-Daisy
Other: Just Blooms Big Pinks, Just Blooms White Daisy variety pack, Foam Tool, 3-D foam tape, Hydrangea & Bubblegum Bigger Brads, CTMH Exressives Font CD (for journaling)


I'm SO excited about the latest offer from Close To My Heart! During the month of July, when you join my team as a new consultant, you will receive your choice of 5 additional products absolutely FREE! We'll even cover the tax & shipping on these FREE items!

Our basic kit - all you need to get started - contains about $300 worth of product for only $99!! After adding your favorite 5 items to that kit, you could have about $400 worth of product for only $99! That's a DEAL!

In addition to our basic kit, we have optional bonus kits that you can add. If you were to add both the scrapbooking and cardmaking kits to your basic kit, PLUS the 5 FREE items, you would end up with over $725 worth of product for only $209!! That's the BEST DEAL ever!!!

Click here to see the list of FREE items to choose from
Click here to see our consultant kit and bonus kits.
Click here to join my team or contact me for more information!

Ask me about my individual and team training as well as a 24/7 online training academy - all available to help you succeed in your new business!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The BEST Deal A Day Bargin!

During the month of June, Close To My Heart had a fabulous special going on. The last day, June 30th was the BEST deal of the month! Because of a technical problem, the box deal was removed from my website last night at midnight.

SO - now the deal is available TODAY until 4PM (Mountain time)!

It's a goodie box filled with $300 worth of current and recently retired products for only $125!! That's almost 60% off!! Want an idea of what's inside these boxes? Click here to see what was included in the $100 goodie box offered earlier this month, posted by my friend Lisa Stenz.
Click here to order the BEST DEAL of the Summer before they sell out!

You've Got Flair - July Stamp of the Month

This month's stamp of the month is turning out to be one of my favorites -- even though I didn't think I would like it at all - along with my other new favorite Thank You stamp set! This stamp set is SO versatile!! It is an outline stamp which means you can use markers, a water brush, blending pen, chalks - whatever you like to color in the images. Which makes it easy to get a mirad of colors onto one image!

Click here to see more artwork and how you can get this stamp set at a discount or FREE!

Here are some of the cards I have made - completely inspired by fellow CTMH consultant, Karen Pedersen.

All supplies CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: You've Got Flair, Intrinsic Backgrounds, Thank You, Dream Wishes
Ink: Black, Tulip
Markers: Dutch Blue, Crystal Blue, Tulip
Paper: White Daisy, Tulip, Dutch Blue, and Black cardstock
Other: Black Bigger Brads, White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon, Corner Rounder (also for scalloped borders), Cricut for scalloped circles, Coluzzle for ovals, Dutch Blue chalk.