May Stamp of the Month ~ Just Sayin’

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!  This month we are featuring May’s stamp of the month ~Just Sayin’ (S1505) a set of 14.

MaySOTMBadgeIf you are coming here from the talented HALEY DYER’s Blog, then you are in the right spot ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE. This month we have approximately 50 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

May+SOTMI really like this stamp set as it will be fun to use with scrapbook pages as well as on cards.  Today I decided to create a fun card to share for this hop.

May SOTM ~ Just Sayin' ~ Your own kind of wonderful ~ catscrapbooking.comTo make the circles I was able to punch them out with a 1″ punch or I could have cut them with my Cricut and then stamped.

Items used for this card ~

Your next stop is along this hop is ANGELA WHITE’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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ABC’s Blog Hop ~ J

ABC's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter “J”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “J” element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at LINDA’S BLOG ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY

If you came from LINDA’S Blog ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY  then you’re on the right track!

When I was thinking of what I was going to focus on as my letter “J”  the first thing that popped into my mind was Close to My Hearts Jute ribbon.  I had just used it recently for the first time, so I wanted to play with it again.  I also was thinking about colors to use and since Juniper is a “J”, I would coordinate with it.  Here is the card I created using this months wonderful stamp of the Month.


You're Got a FriendFor this card I used my pigment inks as they can be applied with sponge daubers to specific areas of your stamp so you can ink with different colors and stamp just once.  I also discovered you can use a Q-tip to apply the pigment ink to smaller details which will work great particularly if you don’t have sponge daubers.  This is how I achieved the two colors on my stamped image; I did go back over the inner part of the leaf with the Q-tip I was using to color in the leaf.  I used my silhouette to cut out the apples; I added a  little more interest by useng a Copic marker to color the stem.  Another tip I have for you is when you are working with the Jute Ribbon it does tend to unravel on the ends.  To stop this just apply some Liquid Glass in a strip about 1/4 inch or so at the end and then where you plan to cut.  This strip will be perpendicular to the ribbon.  By doing this it will help keep the ends in tact and keep them from unraveling.  I will then go back and cut through the 1/4 inch strip in the middle just before it completely hardens.

Be sure to take advantage of this May’s adorable Stamp of the Month, with any qualifiying $50 order you can purchase this stamp set for only $5!!!  This is a $17.95 stamp set you will get for only $5.

May 2014 SOTM

For this card I used the following products:

  • Skylark paper pack X7177B
  • Kraft cardstock Z1375
  • Juniper cardstock  X5752
  • Cranberry cardstock 1272
  • Colonial White cardstock 1388
  • Jute Ribbon Z1867
  • Aqua dots Z1853
  • Brown Copic marker
  • Juniper Pigment ink Z2500
  • Cranberry Pigment ink 2501

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is JENNY GILBERT ~ Jen’s Creative Classroom, I am sure she has created something spectacular so hop on over.

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy  for a complete list of participants!

Happy Crafting!


April Stamp of the Month

Check out this months stamp of the month~  It is a a fun word bubble stamp set.

April 2014 SOTM

Here is an example of some artwork you could create with this cute stamp set.


Keep in mind this stamp set is only available for the month of April so if you want to purchase it don’t wait.   You can purchase this stamp set for only $5 with any $50 qualifying purchase.

Happy Crafting!


Countdown to Spring/Summer Idea Book ~ 1

Holy Cow ~ tomorrow is the big day!!!! I am so excited and I hope you are too.  You can officially order the new product from the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book on my website tomorrow.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the artwork I created showcasing some of the new product.  If you would like to see these items and more in person be sure to come to my Open House February 15th at the North Spokane Library. I will be hosting a crop and Open House that day.  If you wish to come to the crop please email me at so I can reserve your spot.  The crop is free but space is limited.

Okay now for the final design and new product feature.  I am really excited about this one as I just love foxes and this stamp set features several.  Check out the February stamp of the month….

CTMH - Feb SOTM corrected

Isn’t this just so adorable????  You can have this stamp set starting tomorrow for only $5 with any qualifying $50 purchase.  What could be better than that?

Here is one of my creations with these adorable fox.

Wild about Love ~ hey foxy


I used the Frosted paper pack for the back ground which is retiring today.  I used the Chocolate Woodgrain Washi tape Z1930 to create the log and then punched a 1.5 inch circle which was backed with Black cardstock.  The foliage was cut using Art Philosophy in Topiary cardstock.  I added the Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon Z1929 and Sparkles Brown and Tan Assortment Z1753 for added interest.

Don’t miss out on this adorable stamp set as it is only available February 1st through February 28th.

Happy Crafting!

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Thought about Joining CTMH Team?

Have you ever considered joining CTMH team?  If the answer is yes, April is the time to do it. For only $49 you get the start up kit but during the month of April CTMH is running a promotion that when you sign up to be a consultant you will receive April, May, June and July’s Stamps of the months for free!!


You will receive a $72 savings as each of these stamp sets retail for $17.95.  Not to mention you get three of them before they are available for the public to purchase.

When you sign up for the Consultant Essentials kit for $49 you will get all of this fabulous product which retails for over $155.


I am sure you are thinking, I am not sure… Do  I want to sell , host parties or hold classes? Wheather you answer yes or no, you will want to take advantage of this great offer. What are you waiting for? Click here to sign up today, as this offer only run until April 30, 2103.

March Stamp of the Month

Be sure to check March Stamp of the Month.  This is a great one so be sure you don’t miss it.  If you are not familiar with the Stamp of the Month, let me fill you in.  Every month CTMH offers a special stamp set which is only available during that month.  You can purchase is for the full retail value which is $17.95 or if you place an order for $50 or more you can purchase the stamp for only $5!!!



Don’t miss out on this great stamp set, so be sure to place an order today.


February Stamp of the month

As most of you know every mont Close to My Heart offers an exclusive stamp set which is only available during that month. The stamp set retails for $17.95 but if you place an order for $50 you can get that “D” sized stamp set for just $5.  That is 70% off, now we all love deals right!!!

Here is February’s exclusive stamp set:




With all the new products in the new catalog it will be easy to take home this great stamp set.  So be sure to place your order today by checking out my CTMH website


“Happy Valentine’s” Day! Blog Hop

Valentines blog hop - jan sotm

Welcome to our January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We are starting a new year of blog hops for you all featuring Close to My Heart’s Stamp of the Month.

This month Close to My Heart is offering a stamp set called “Happy Valentine’s” throughout the month of January.  This versatile set can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant for only $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50.  (That’s a $17.95 value!)

This set is just so pretty and has 4 different sentiments included!


In this hop, you will see projects featuring this beautiful stamp set from many talented crafty ladies!  Enjoy  our blog hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy’s blog – Love 2 Create .   If you came from Stephanie’s Blog -The Quilted Scrapper  then you are in the right place!

January 2013 - Valentine's day 2 - Version 2

For this card I took a piece of cream cardstock 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″.  I then scored it at 2 1/8″  from each end.  I used my 2″ scallop punch to create the window in the card.  I stamped one of the rose images so it would show through the window.  I used my Copic markers to color in the rose.  I used blush ink on a dauber to accent the scalloped edge.  Using my Silhouette I created a  2 1/4 ” circle and did an off set on the inside about 1/8″ so it would result in a ring which was cut on slate card stock.   For the bottom strip I used the new Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape (Z1817) which is one of the new items from the Spring/Summer Idea book.  I also used blush card stock 1″ by 4 1/4″ and random stamped the small rose stamp with Slate ink.  I cut the 3″ by .8″ oval using my Silhouette on colonial white card stock and stamped the “happy valentine’s day” in Slate ink.  I inked the oval edge in blush and attached it only tho the left side of the card.

Your next stop on our Valentine’s hop is Donna’s blog – Diary of a Scrapbook Addict  .

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Stamping is Contagious
  3. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  4. Priscilla ~ Priscilla’s Paperie
  5. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
  6. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper
  7. Cat ~ CatScrapbooking
  8. Donna ~ Diary of a Scrapbook Addict
  9. Michelle ~ My Creations with Michelle

January Stamp of the Month

With Valentines day right around the corner, wouldn’t it be great to create your own cards, scrapbook pages or paper crafts? Well there are several great products with Close To My Heart that can help you do this.  One is January’s Stamp of the Month, which is only available January 1st to January 31st, 2013.


You can purchase this stamp for $17.95 or if you place an order for $50 you can purchase it for only $5!  Now that is a great deal.  And you can also pick up the Whoo’s Your Valentine kit as well.  This kit is only available until January 31st or while supplies last. The Whoo’s your Valentine kit comes the following items:

  • 12 – Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: White Daisy, Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby)
  •  3 – 12″ × 12″ Cardstock Sheets (White Daisy, Blush, Hollyhock)
  • 1 – Sheet Silver Glitter Paper — new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
  • 12 – Treat Tubes with Lids — new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
  • 1 – My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)


Just click here to place your order today!

November Stamp of the Month and bonus offer!

To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of this promotion during November.

In November, you’ll get something extra when you buy the Stamp of the Month—50% off another stamp set! When you qualify for and buy the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, you’ll receive another stamp set* of your choice for 50% off—it’s like two promotions in one! The versatile Capture the Date stamp set is great for any layout, card, invitation, or calendar, and now you can choose another stamp set at half-off for more wonderful papercrafting. Get Capture the Date and then capture the savings today!

* Offer valid for A-E and M size stamp sets only; K-size, Workshops on the Go®, Cricut® collection, and Stamp of the Month stamp sets are not eligible for this promotion. Maximum of one 50% off stamp set per order.

Dates: Offer valid November 1–30, 2012

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