Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CTMH Hostess Exclusive Stamps - Blog Hop

Thank you for joining my team, the "Heartfelt Sentiments", as we highlight our Hostess Exclusive Stamp Sets.  There are 11 stamp sets that can only be obtained if you host a Gathering (aka Party).  What does it take to host a party?  Just $150 in orders or $150 purchase if you want to treat yourself!  These exclusive stamp sets can are offered at a great savings, several dollars off their retail price.  Check them out in our online catalog, "Annual Inspirations", beginning on page 5 and continuing through page 10.  Click here for the online version.

If you are coming from Debi's Blog, you are on the right track, and I KNOW you saw some cute artwork using the "Hats Off" stamp set!  You can find a list of all participants at the end of this post.

I chose to highlight the "Be Jolly" stamp set.  I tend to be one who is ready for Christmas when it arrives in December but this stamp set is a good reason to do Christmas in August!  :)
This card started out with me using a different patterned paper and then I saw this cute polka dot pattern that comes with the "Snowhaven" paper pack and...I was in love! It is so cute and I can see some great potential with it, beyond Christmas or Winter-themed projects.
I kept this card rather simple, using Silver Glitter Paper, Black Sequins, Clear Sparkles, and Red Glitter Gems to bling it up a bit.
Here, I stamped the sentiment on a Dimensional Element, added some bling, and decorated this fun Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bag.  It is perfect for a fun little goodie.  They also come in Slate and Lagoon.
Head on over to Tonya's Blog as she showcases some fun artwork using "Happy Hexagons".  Be sure to let me know how you like these creations and this stamp set!

Happy hoppin'!

  1. Melissa Robinson - - "Be Jolly"
  2. Tonya Whitehurst - - "Happy Hexagons"
  3. Marianne Hancock - - "Well Wishes"
  4. Sheila Wilkerson - - "Sweet as Sugar"
  5. Tawnya Payton - - "Cuddly Salutations"
  6. Melissa David - - "Sing Glory"
  7. Debi Barber - - "Hats Off"

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Blessed to See Another Year!

I celebrated another birthday on Friday, by the grace of God.  These days we are usually in an in-service on my birthday (not so much fun) but at least it fell on a Friday and I was able to celebrate all weekend!  Actually, my celebrating started on Thursday evening when my parents took me out to dinner. Then, my husband and I spent the weekend in Santa Fe.  I LOVE THAT PLACE!  
It had been years since I had been back to Santa Fe but have been several times since living back in NM these last two years.  I LOVE the downtown plaza and enjoy seeing all the tourists checking out the NM artwork, shops and cuisine.  We have fallen in love with "The Shed", where the photo above was taken.  The food is delicious and we highly recommend it!
No better way to start off Saturday morning than with STARBUCKS!  
Another one of our favorite restaurants is "Thunderbird".  It has a balcony where we enjoy overlooking the plaza and all the activities taking place.  If you have never been to Santa Fe, or it has been a long time since you have been there, well...worth...the...visit!  I know you will love it too if you enjoy seeing and experiencing new things and a different culture.  

I am blessed beyond measure!  Happy Sunday!

Friday, August 15, 2014

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - "All Lit Up"

Thanks for joining me and seven other CTMH Consultants who are showcasing the "All Lit Up" technique showcased on page 88 of the NEW Annual Inspirations!  We were challenged to use glitter paper for an eye-catching and exciting look.  

If you are coming from Wendy's Blog, you are on the right track.  The hop starts at Debi's Blog but it is a circle so feel free to keep on hoppin'!  You can find a list of participants on the bottom of this post.

I decided to use some Silver Glitter paper to bling up this 5" x 7" acrylic frame which serves as a make-shift sticky note holder.  I used the "Glitter Glam" stamp set which I thought was fitting for the task at hand.  I used a sheet of our fabulous Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment as the background - I LOVE IT!  It is absolutely beautiful and all of the various patterns are too fun!  I decided to use Outdoor Denim cardstock to complement the Smoothie pattern on the background and used our Scallop Border Punch to add some decorative design.  I gave the "Glitter Girl" sentiment some color by using the Smoothie ink pad and Blending Pen.  
I thought it was fun how this came out and you cannot beat the cost of creating one and the practicality of having one at your fingertips!  Anyone love sticky notes more than me?!  I am addicted to those too!
 It was a little challenging to get a good picture of the frame without the glare.  :)  Oooh!  I used our Chalk Marker to write on the dark sticky note.  Too fun, right?!  :)
Here are four of the six Glitter Papers we have to offer.  Click here to view all of them.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to head over to Haley's Blog but not before leaving a comment!  :)  I would love to hear from you!

Happy hoppin' and HAPPY FRIDAY!

  1. Debi Barber -
  2. Shirley Ross -
  3. Sheila Bennett -
  4. Michelle Loncar -
  5. Wendy Kessler -
  6. Melissa Robinson -
  7. Haley Dyer-
  8. Tonya Whitehurst -

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy Card

Using the Confetti Wishes paper packet and some of the Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, I created this card inspired by CTMH.  (It was one of our Convention projects.)  The Washi Tape creates the bottom border of the card.  Too cute, right?
We used the Happy Birds stamp set to create the focal point, coloring in the images with our ShinHan Markers.
It is a fun and happy card and I hope it makes you smile!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Picture My Life™ Scrapbooking Program - This Month's Campaign!

This program is not just for scrapbooking as may have initially been intended.  There are many creative and unique ways to use the cute 4" x 6" and 3" x 4" cards that come with this program.  They are all too fun, all 122 of them, and they are part of this month's campaign!

Buy a Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program, for just $24.95, which includes 122 cards, 1 - 12" x 12" Designed Cover Sheet (could serve as your title page), and 10 - 12" x 12" Memory Protectors and you can get an additional set of Memory Protectors for just $3!  (They are regularly priced $9.95).

Take a few minutes to watch this inspiring video to see all you can do with these programs.  You can choose from 13 themes!

Check out the details of this month's Picture Perfection campaign by clicking here and be sure to stop by on August 18th when you can see photos of all of the cards contained in the Chalk It Up Program.

Guess what day it is?!  Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Artbooking Convention Book

Isn't this mini book too fun?  Besides being a mini book, it was created for a unique purpose!  My Mom made these gifts for her Convention roommates for our Close To My Heart Annual Convention that was held in June.  Thankfully I was one of her roomies so I got one too!  :)
She cut the book, using some of our retired paper, using our exclusive Cricut Artbooking Cartridge.  She printed our Convention logo for the front and then made pages to follow to hold our Convention receipts.  Did you know we can write off our business expenses?  So...YES...I can spend money on scrapbooking products, create with them, show them off at my business events and write them off at the end of the year.  Too awesome, right?!
You can see the way the inside pockets are created and then the cute labels.  Yes, I love this!
For some reason this photo keeps coming in sideways and I can't figure out why.
The Artbooking Cricut Cartridge is perfect for making these kind of mini albums and they are super easy to assemble.  Let me know if you would like to order one!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dream Card & Painter's Tape Technique

I have been seeing several cards made using the Painter's Tape Technique and I loved how they looked.  So...I decided to try it myself and am so glad I did.  I think I just found another addition.  :)

How did I do it?  I actually used masking tape because I did not have any Painter's Tape on-hand and it worked just fine.  (Using painter's tape would make the stripes a little bit wider.)  I took a piece of masking tape, a little longer than the piece of white CS where I wanted to place it and inked it up on my ink pad using my fingers.  (The video I watched and followed, created by Deb Valder, shows how to rub your finger on the tape so that you do not get the edges of the tape inked up.  Click here to watch her video.)  Then, I placed it on the cardstock, rubbed my finger over it in the same fashion and here were the results!
I used black ink for the two images from the "Dreamer" stamp set and colored in the flower in her hair using the Turquoise Blue ShinHan Marker.  I added a Bitty Sparkle to the flower center and layered it on Thistle Cardstock.
I love the look of this card and you can bet I will be making plenty more using this technique.  Give it a try!  I am sure you will fall in love with it too!

Make it a GREAT week!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stampers with an Attitude - Chalk It Up Blog Hop

Thank you for joining 14 of us, from the "Stampers with an Attitude" Team with Close To My Heart.  We are showcasing "Chalk It Up", with an attitude of course!

If you are coming from Melinda's Blog you are on the right track!  In fact, she starts this hop so continue to move on through the fabulous artwork showcasing this paper packet.  You will find a list of participants on her blog.  We are thrilled you have joined us!

I LOVE altering composition books for two reasons:  1) They are inexpensive items that can be altered for fabulous gifts! 2) They are purposeful!  Who doesn't need a cute notebook?!  I have a notebook for this...a notebook for that and yes, they are all different and designed specifically for their purpose.  :)  Yes, I have an addiction to notebooks but this one is a little bit different.  It's MINIATURE!  It is not as tiny as one that would fit in your purse (that have been on the market for quite some time).  This one measures 5 1/2" x 8" and was just $0.97 in the school section at Wal-Mart.  (My local WM does not carry them but one that I visited did.  I need more of them!) You can tell the size of it based upon the length of the pen.
I used a 3" x 4" card that comes in the "Chalk It Up" Picture My Life kit as the focal point.  The cute, retro strip going behind the star comes from the Zip Strip of the patterned paper from the Chalk It Up paper packet.  I added some black cardstock and scalloped it on one edge to place behind the decorative Zip Strip.  I added Liquid Glass to the star, from the Complements, for a glossy look.  (That is difficult to tell from the photo.)
We do have a campaign going on this month called, "Picture Perfection", that is focused around Picture My Life so be sure to check that out in case you may be interested.

I would love to know what you think of this li'l notepad before you head over to Sheila's blog and see what she has up her sleeve!  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy hoppin'!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Artiste Treat Box

I conducted a Close To My Heart Gathering today where the Hostess invited several of her friends to join the fun!  I highlighted our AWESOME products and then demonstrated a project they were able to duplicate.  The hostess benefits from the FUN we had and from the purchases made by her guests!  Right now it looks like she will have at least $60 in Hostess credit to spend AND she will get an item of her choice at 1/2 off!  Yeah her!
Click on image to enlarge or click on link at bottom of post.
We made this CUTE box I cut from our exclusive, Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  It was cut "Fit-to-Page" which ended up measuring 8 1/2".  It's a good size box, 2 3/4" cube when folded; plenty of space for that fun goodie (aka chocolate) but not too big to break the bank.  LOL
We used the "You Mean the World to Me" and "Happy Birds" stamp sets for the front of the box. Chalk It Up was used for the polka dot pattern paper and a little Aqua Dot was perfect for the flower center.
By the way, this box was showcased on page 98 in the NEW Annual Inspirations (aka Idea Book).  Look how cute they are created from the Brushed paper packet.
I absolutely LOVE sharing Close To My Heart with others!  If you would like to earn FREE products by hosting a Gathering (aka Party), I would love to help you do so.  In this day of technology, you can even have a party long distance and invite acquaintances from all over the country who can purchase from your event and contribute to your hostess rewards.  Contact me with any questions or to get yours scheduled!  Visit my website to see what fun products you can earn for FREE!  

Off to create some more!  Happy Saturday!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Five NEW Colors Added!

We have FIVE new colors that were added to our color palette on August 1st!  They are all so absolutely beautiful and PERFECT to coordinate with our new paper packets and other new products.
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We offer them in Cardstock, as a Stamp Pad and Re-Inker. It's worth clicking on this link just to see how purty they are!  :)

Guess which is my favorite!  I can't even offer a prize for doing so because it is so obvious if you know me!  LOL  Hint:  I love to whistle...  LOL

Lovin' the new colors!