Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are featuring new Close To My Heart products released on August 1st, through our Annual Inspirations Idea Book.
This fabulous publication has beautiful artwork that incorporates our fabulous new products. (You can get one FREE by placing an order on my website or contact me to purchase a copy.)

If you are coming from Michelle Stewart's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants by clicking here.

I totally love how this card turned out and hope you do too. Let's check it out, shall we?
The patterned paper used on the card is from the Basics Fundamentals paper pack. I incorporated one of the flower images from the Happily Ever After stamp set and used ShinHan markers to color it.
You will see that I am enjoying using these floral images on various artwork creations. They are super fun to color in with any coloring medium and make for a great vocal point or accent.
The beautiful gold ribbon is from the Basics Ribbon Pack and coordinates wonderfully with the paper pack.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I hope you get inspired through our hop. Head on over to Cat's Blog to see what fabulous artwork she has to share with you and be sure to...make it from your heart!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Crazy About Cardstock

Thank you for joining us for this month's Technique Hop, "Crazy About Cardstock", where we are featuring Close To My Heart's cardstock. Did you know that the cardstock released on August 1st is now duo-toned?! That's right! That means you get twice as many options for the same amount of money. You can see the various shades in all four color palettes.

And my favorite...Adventure

If you are coming here from Annemarie's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a list of participants at the bottom of this post, if you were to get lost along the way.

I hosted a retreat this past weekend, with a birthday theme, and decided to use primarily cardstock in the design of this layout.
Click on image for enlarged view

The layout was kept simple to serve as a "goodie" for all who attended, allowing them to preserve their memories from the weekend.
The area where my name is located, served as the name tent for their creative spots. It was fun to allow a space for it on their layout, identifying the date and location of the retreat.
This new stamp set, "Eat Cake & Celebrate", was incorporated through the stamping of the title, the banner and the cake image. ShinHan markers were used to colored in the images. The party hat came from the stamp set, "Sweet Birthday".

I know you are bound to find creative ways the ladies have used the cardstock in the artwork creations so continue to make your way around the hop. We'd love it if you did! Head on over to Haley's Blog and be sure to leave a comment before you do. I always enjoy hearing from you!

Make it a great day!

1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*
2. Haley Dyer
3. Janna Gray
4. Darlys Recker
5. Debi McBain
6. Cat Nowak
7. Michelle Loncar
8. Michelle Johns
9. Sarah Devendorf
10. Annemarie Julian

Monday, August 7, 2017

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Camp Out

Welcome to this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge where we are featuring artwork, made with Close To My Heart products, to support the theme of "Camp Out". What will you create and share?!

The "Jack" product line lends itself to obvious support of this theme and it's exactly the direction I headed. These products are soon to retire at the end of this month, on August 31, 2017, or while supplies last. Be sure to get them while they are still available.
I kept this card simple, with no sentiment, to allow for any occasion. I tend not to create many masculine cards and feel this could totally serve such a purpose. 

Using this adorable bear, I decided to add a cup of hot something - hot cocoa, coffee, tea? What would you choose? 

I hope you have a wonderful week and consider joining us at Heart 2 Heart. We enjoy when you share your artwork so please do so. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: School Year

Welcome to this month's Blog Hop where we are featuring the August Stamp of the Month, "School Year".
This stamp set is perfect for highlighting those school age memories or for wishing that special someone an enjoyable year. It comes with nine images and can be yours for just $5! Click here to find out how you can get it for much less than its retail value.
You are bound to see new product highlighted in this Hop since Close To My Heart just released our newest publication, the Annual Inspirations Idea Book. It debuted today (August 1st) and is good until July 31, 2018 or while supplies last. 

It's a fun and exciting day at Close To My Heart so grab your favorite snack and see if you can pick out some of our newest products. 

You have arrived here from Miss Carrie's Creations. If you were to get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participants by clicking here.
I had a super fun time making this cute card and would you believe that it did not take me much time at all to make it?! I used the Colorblock Alphabet to stamp the background image, using Poppy ink. The pencils and focal point are from the stamp set. A few Black Gems were added for visual appeal.

Please head on over to Melinda's Blog to check out her awesome artwork creation!

We appreciate you stopping by our Blog Hop! Have a wonderful month!

August Online Warehouse Sale - 50% off select product!

Happy August 2017! I can't even wish you a good morning because if you are seeing this post as it goes live, it is late-night. And...would you believe that this is only one of the fabulous announcements for the month?! There are many exciting things taking place with Close To My Heart this month - with a brief mention of what else you can expect posted below the details of the Warehouse Sale. (If anything attracts your attention immediately, contact me for additional information or access the associated links.)

During the month of August, Close To My Heart will be offering an online Warehouse Sale on my website! Starting at midnight (MST) on August 1st, they will publish a set of retired items and product bundles at an amazing 50% discount! These items will be available for a week - while supplies last, of course - and then they will be replaced by a new of offers the following week.

To sweeten the deal, they'll charge shipping only on the price paid instead of on the retail value - an awesome opportunity for EXTRA SAVINGS!

This information is too good to wait to share so if you are awake...go see what specials are being offered NOW! Expect a thank you gift for every order placed!


NEW Products = New Annual Inspirations Idea Book
It's here, it's here! I had the pleasure of attending our National Convention in Salt Lake City in June where we had the opportunity to see new products as well as fun ways to incorporate them into artwork. Now you can view the NEW products on my website, peruse the online version, place an order and receive a hard copy of your own, or attend one of my upcoming events and get a hard copy from me!

You will want to have this Idea Book in your hands as the products are good until July 2018, or while supplies last. It is full of inspirational artwork that you are sure to enjoy!

Rewards Your Way Team-Building Special
When you join my team this month, and meet qualifying sales requirements, you will be able to choose an EXTRA sign-up reward of your choice! You can choose any one of our current Cricut collections, the brand new Thin Cuts Block Alphabet with the In the Background stamp set, or an additional $99 in Select Product Credit (aka "CTMH Dollars)! To be eligible for one of these fabulous rewards, you will need to submit $300 in retail sales before September 30! YOU CAN DO IT!

Jump for Joy Hostess Special
Just for Hostesses... For August, Close To My Heart is bringing back an exciting special just for you!

When your Gathering party reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards ($350) or higher, your rewards will "jump up" a level which means you get EXTRA Hostess Rewards and maybe an extra 50%-off item! This special is sure to have you August hostesses jumping for joy! (I am traveling a lot in August, for work, and would love to conduct an online party for you and your friends. You will be eligible for the same Hostess Rewards AND I will give you the new Bashful Ink Pad as just one of the thank you gifts for hosting a party with me. You simply invite your friends to join the fun and leave the rest up to me. There will be games and prizes! Contact me to schedule your party today!)

Wishing you a great August. Of course, it doesn't hurt that August is my birthday month; we can celebrate together! Make it a great month!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Today is the Last Day to Get These Favorites!

(Information pulled from Close To My Hear'ts Blog.) 
It’s the end of July, which means that our current Annual Inspirations Idea Book is about to retire—along with a bunch of amazing products featured inside of it!
We’ve rounded up some of our favorites that will be bidding us adieu. Make sure to snatch up these goodies before they’re gone for good!

State & Province Stamp Sets

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting
With a mini stamp set for each US state, Canadian province and territory, as well as the countries of Australia and New Zealand, these stamps are great for a wide variety of crafting projects. (I just got all of them to track my traveling fun!)
Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercraftingWe love the idea of using them to document vacations, road trips, engagements, and to send love from one state to another. 
Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting
And the best time to get these stamps is right now because for every two stamp sets you purchase during the month of July, you get one stamp set of equal or lesser value for free as part of Stampaganza! So get the whole collection (and save!) before it’s gone!

Thin Cuts

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting
All of the Thin Cuts metal dies in Annual Inspirations are retiring! This includes the star shapes, as well as some timeless sentiments for both scrapbooking and cardmaking.

Sea Glass

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting
Our Color of the Year, Sea Glass, is going to be replaced August 1 with a new Color of the Year. Though you’ll still be able to get both the D-ring and post-bound My Legacy™ albums in Sea Glass, the Sea Glass mini Everyday Life™ albumcardstock, as well as Fundamental Complements that feature this color, will be gone in just a few days! (The ink pad and reinker are already sold out.)
Get these items before they are gone for good (and while supplies last). You can find a list and visual of all retiring products by clicking here. Happy Monday!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Open House/Crop - Join me Saturday, August 5, 2017!

Location: Stacy Furniture, 1900 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051 

NEW products, from Close To My Heart, will be released on August 1st and believe'll want to see them up close and personal! You have the opportunity to do so by joining me for prizes, food, fun, goodies, a copy of the NEW Idea Book, and make 'n takes! 
OPEN HOUSE - 11 am to 2 pm - $5 to reserve your spot* ($5 credit given upon your arrival at the event towards a purchase made that day) - Stop by for a beef hot dog, your choice of mustard (of course!), all the fixin's, chips, dips and a yummy dessert. More details about this will be shared soon. You'll receive more than a $5 value when you attend!
CROP (to include the Open House) - 11 am to 7 pm - $10 to reserve your spot ($10 credit given upon your arrival at the event towards purchase made that day)* - Besides enjoying the Open House goodies and events, you'll get to participate in additional fun and games and have another extra creative project or two to complete. More details will be shared soon. You'll get more than a $10 value when you attend!
SAVE THE DATE! *An amount is being charged to reserve your spot as a commitment to the RSVP which will guide the amount of time and effort spent on all the goodies and fun to be had that day. (To receive a full refund, you are required to cancel by August 1st.) Contact me if you have any questions.
RSVP Deadline - August 1st.

The following items will be available for your use if you want to leave yours at home:
  • A Cricut Explore Air (with access to Design Space)
  • Cuttlebug (embossing folders and die cuts)
  • Heat tool
  • Close To My Heart Stamp Pads

Some items you might consider bringing:
  • Cricut mat
  • Trash receptacle for your creative space
  • Cushion for your chair - there are padded folding chairs but if you prefer something more cozy…
  • Extension cord (a LONG ONE) and/or "drop" - there are outlets provided only along the walls of the room which can be a distance from your crafting spot
  • Covered drink holder - so you don't ruin your crafts or those of others

Things to know:
  • We will be on the 3rd floor of the building, accessible through an elevator. Keep that in mind as you pack. Rolling things up there is easiest. :)
  • The lighting is of quality at this location. If you prefer a table light, consider what I wrote above regarding the outlets and cords.
  • There is free internet available although I'm not sure of the speed. (We have never had many people on it so just keep this in mind as you consider what you will work on.)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Fabulous Fonts

Thank you so much for joining us for this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, "Fabulous Fonts". Please consider joining us and be sure to use Close To My Heart products in your artwork. Then, link up to us at H2H! We love seeing what you have to share.
I chose to use this month's fabulous font Stamp of the Month stamp set, "Storybook Alphabet", and kept my card pretty simple. (This D-size stamp set can be your for just $5 this month, with a qualifying order!)
Using some of our soon-to-retire Fundamentals paper patterns, this card came together quickly. I added some White Shimmer TrimWhite Gems, and then stamped "hi" and colored in the letters with our ShinHan markers.

With my busy life these days, a cute and quick card is right up my alley! What do you think about it?

I hope you have a blessed and enjoyable and don't forget to...Make It From Your Heart!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop

Close To My Heart is retiring quite a few new products to make new for the new ones that will debut on August 1st. In this hop, participants are highlighting their favorites so get out your wish list so you are sure to order them before they are no longer available. Stamp sets are eligible for the Buy Two, Get One Free special through Stampaganza. You can find a list of "going soon" products here.

If you are coming from Michelle's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants by clicking here.
I am still enjoying the fun colors and images associated with the Little Dreamer product line. I love how vibrant they are - the floral and striped patterns are my favorite - with the very popular unicorns as part of the design. 

The top row of cards were designed by the Close To My Heart Art Department. I varied the designs, in the bottom row, simply by reversing the patterned paper. I love the simplicity of being able to reproduce artwork that has been provided me, while putting a new twist on it with little effort. 
 Be sure to get this paper pack before it's gone!
And the stamp's perfect for coordinating and can be purchased with Thin Cuts so you can run those images through your Cuttlebug and quickly stamp those outlined here in blue. 

It's soon out with the old and in with the new, but until then...GET WHAT YOU WANT NOW! You'll be sorry to miss something, especially when it's no loner available. 

Now head on over to Melinda's Blog to see what she and the other Blog Hop Participants have in store for you. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Fun with Stencils

Welcome to this month's Technique Blog Hop where we are featuring the technique of "stenciling" with the use of Close To My Heart products.

If you are coming from Kirsten's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants at the end of this post.
For my card creation, I used the Thin Cuts - Basic Stars to create a stencil.
By placing the stars on the Cuttlebug plates like this, I created my template.
Then I used sponge daubers to apply Poppy and Lagoon ink to the stars. When I removed the stencil, I added a sentiment, embellishments and doodles around the edge of the piece of White Daisy cardstock.
By using the Thin Cuts to create the stencil, it allowed me the opportunity to create a very fun but simple card.

I am sure you are about to see other fun variations on creating your own stencils for unique and enjoyable artwork. Please head over to Annemarie's Blog to see what she has designed to share with you.

Thank you for joining us today!

1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*
2. Annemarie Julian
3. Michelle Loncar
4. Cat Nowak
5. Judy Faye Garner
6. Darlys Recker
7. Danielle Wagner
8. Janna Gray
9. Kirsten Desorcy

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stampaganza: Blast From the Past Blog Hop

Welcome to today's Blog Hop where we are featuring stamp sets that are part of STAMPAGANZA - buy two stamp sets, get one FREE! It's a big sale going on this month and you don't want to miss out!

I know this hop is bound to be a blast as we see fabulous artwork created with current and throwback stamp sets! To read more about this month's special, click here or contact me for details. (Through the link, you will also be able to view stamp sets that were brought back exclusively for this special.)

If you are coming from Priscilla's Blog, you are on the right track. To view a list of participants, you can click here.

Below you will find four cards I hand-created using a few of my fave stamp sets from the past. The names of the stamp sets are links that take you to the original post for that artwork, should you want to read more details on how they were created. Note: These cards were designed using retired product. 

Better with a Friend

Paper Bird

Tagged with Love

Be Jolly

Thanks so much for stopping by! Head on over to Cat's Blog to make your way around the hop and see what fun things the participants have in store for you!

Have fun and let me know which is your favorite stamp set from those listed on this area of my website by commenting below.