Monday, August 31, 2009

September CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Close to my Heart Stamp of the Month BLOG HOP for September featuring our "Treasures" acrylix stamp set which you can get at a great discount or even FREE with an order from now through September 30, 2009! If you are coming to me from Tammy's blog then you are on the path!

This is a circular hop so if you keep on clicking through to check out the great artwork provided by over 70 different Close to my Heart consultants, you'll have done the full circle when you come back to where you started. I can't wait to click through and see all the fabulous creations from my sister consultants! We have some serious talent in this company!

To follow along on this hop you just need to click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move along to the next site. Afraid you'll get lost? No worries! The list of all participating consultant sites can be found in the post just previous to this one - keep scrolling to the next post and you'll find the complete list!

Now - on to my contribution!

This month's piece is a single layout I did for my husband. The sentiments in this set really spoke to me for him. He's in a time of unexpected change right now and I really wanted to tell him how much I love him, support him and how much faith I have in him. I know he'll take care of our family and I know, as with so many changes we've been through in our 20 years together, in the end this will bring postive things to our family. The process of change is hard but it is also what propels us forward into new directions and new beginnings. I guess its the optimist in me - the part of me that answers YES! to the questions of the universe that makes the sentiment fit so well - "the winds of change bring treasures untold...embrace change".

I've used a lot of tone on tone (my hubby isn't a flashy guy) and very little embellishment as that fits more with his personality. This really is just a straight forward, directly from the heart piece. There is a hidden journaling matted block I've made for the back of the layout - when journaling is very private I will attach it to the back of the layout to hide just for me - I could have also put it in a pocket under the picture to hide it as well. As far as techniques in this project - I've added some chocolate ink in a swirl around the embossed flowers using a stipple brush to highlight those images and give some texture to this very simple layout. I love the multiple sizes of dandelion flower heads in this set - if you follow from the bottom left corner you'll see the sizes decrease like they are blowing in the wind away from you.

Materials Used (all CTMH):
Stamp: Treasures (September SOTM)
Paper: Desert Sand Cardstock, Indian Corn Blue Cardstock
Ink: Desert Sand, Chocolate
Other: White Daisy Embossing Powder, Love Letter Rubons, Stipple brush

Now, put back on your frog feet and hop on over to Kelly's blog - she's FABULOUS - I can't wait to see what she's come up with! Be sure to follow the whole hop and visit all 70 or so consultants who are participating for tons of great ideas! Don't forget - if you spend $100 in product you'll get this stamp set for FREE and now CTMH will pick up the tax on the free SOTM as well! Until September 30th (or while supplies last) you can also get our awesome Everday Celebrations card kit with $60 in acrylix stamp purchase - combine both promotions and you'll get $62.90 in free product with your $100 order - what a great deal!

If you don't have a Close to my Heart consultant I'd love to be your personal consultant! Just send me an e-mail at if you have any questions or if you already know what you are interested in ordering, then hit my website - - for 24/7 shopping and access to all the great specials! Thanks so much for hopping with us today!

September Blog Hop Participants

Here is a handy list of the 70 or so Close to my Heart consultants who are participating in the September Stamp of the Month blog hop!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

CTMH Everyday Celebrations Stamp and CTMH Magic Moments Paper 6x6" Chipboard Accordian Album

Okay, so now that you've seen the awesome cards you can make with the Everyday Celebrations kit I'd like to show you just how versatile this set is by sharing a 6x6" chipboard accordian birthday album I made with the stamp set and some Magic Moments paper!

My daughter was invited to a friend's 13th birthday party today and she needed to find a gift that fit with her friend. Her friend isn't really into jewelry, video games, etc. so she was kind of at a loss on what to get until I suggested a personalized 6x6" chipboard accordian birthday party album so her friend can have a place to keep photos of her special day. Eliza thought this sounded great (especially as Mom already had all the items and I'm giving her the "family discount" on product - aka she didn't have to spend any of her babysitting money).

As with most personalized gifts, the best way to start is to think about the person and what you know they like. I asked Eliza what colors Tiana likes to wear and she said mostly green and brown - two patterns from Magic Moments sprang into mind. I then asked what other things she knew Tiana liked and Eliza said ladybugs and sheep. So out came the "Alphabet Solos K" set (two adorable lady bugs) and "A Birthday Wish" was added to the pile for the sweet sheep. After two hours of cutting, assembly and some extra stamping - here is the very cute and personalized gift her friend is receiving today!
Close up of first two inside pages of album

Close up of second two pages in the album

Back cover "Treasure Pocket" with 4 journaling cards for the birthday party girls to all sign and wish her a happy birthday!

Close up of the pages on the back of the album.

Album open to show all the inside pages:

Album open to show both front and back covers and back pages:

Materials used (ALL CTMH):
Other: 6x6" chipboard accordian album, texture tools (big sponge to edge the pages with Hollyhock), little bit of Hollyhock ribbon round

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Everyday Celebrations Card Kit Now Available!

Aren't these some seriously awesome fall/guy all occassion cards??? Wouldn't you like to make 2 each of these cards (total of 16), own a fabulous D size stamp set AND get a brand new 16 card bulk workshop (not even found in Wishes!) cutting diagram??? You can use the directions included in this kit to make these cards with girly paper or classic colors for a totally new look. Best of all - this kit comes with shaped card bases BUT to reproduce this baby in other papers you can use the dashed line curved shape and simply cut your new bases to size! This is one heck of a versatile set (you know how I like those!) that you can get RIGHT NOW for $39.95 or FREE with a $60 acrylix stamp set purchase! Thats just 2 C size and one D size stamp to get you right up to $60.85 in stamps and get this whole extra kit for FREE! Click HERE to select your stamps and get your FREE kit today!
This kit will be offered from now until the end of September or while supplies last. Close to my Heart usually sells out of these types of promotions before the deadline is up so if you want to get your hands on this set don't wait!
JUST LOOK at all the GREAT stuff that comes in this kit!:
1 – My Acrylix® Everyday Celebration Stamp Set (D-size) (Only available with this kit!)
16 – 4 W" * 5 V" Colonial White Card Bases - SHAPED!
16 – 4 W” x 5 V” Colonial White Envelopes
1 – 12" * 12" Dutch Blue Cardstock
1 – 12" * 12" Colonial White Cardstock
4 – 12" * 12" B&T Duos® Paper
1 – Chocolate Distressing Ink
1 – Dutch Blue Distressing Ink
1 – Mini-Medley Accents Shades of Chocolate Collection - FULL SET!
5' – Chocolate Ribbon with Colonial White Stitch
50 – 3-D Foam Squares
Sponge (you can cut this in half to get double the use!)
1 – Full Color Step-by-Step Instructional Brochure
Featured Colors: Chocolate, Colonial White, Dutch Blue, Sweet Leaf
I have a PDF file flyer which also shows the stamp set - if you'd like a copy e-mailed to you simply send me a note a with EVERYDAY CELEBRATIONS KIT in the title and I'll ship a file off to you! I know you'll love this kit as much as I do - they are even better in person!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

CTMH - I'm all a twitter and blown away by whats in store for Fall/Winter 09!

I just have to share - for the last couple of days Close to my Heart has been having a conference in California where they've been announcing enhancements, updates, new products and the new Fall/Autumn Idea Book. I wasn't able to attend the conference but have been tied to my computer for literally two days reading all the updates and drooling over the new Idea Book. WOW!!! I can't even begin to tell you how blown away I am AGAIN by this amazing company I work for! I simply can't WAIT for my open house on September 11!

I'll be placing my order tonight for all the new Kit of the Month sets as well as lots of new accessories and products! I won't spoil the surprise by going into details but boy are you going to LOVE what we have in store for you! For me the VERY BEST new surprise is that now even long distance customers can participate in our Kit of the Month workshops! Thats right - even if you are all the way across the country from me you'll be able to order the Kit of the Month through me and get your scrapping AND/OR cardmaking done (hint, hint) at home with one fabulous kit! As soon as my goodies arrive I'll begin crafting up a storm and will post small sneak peeks of the fabulosity (so good I had to make up a word for it) in store for us all!

So stay tuned ladies and save the date 'cause we're gonna have some FUN!
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