Archives for July 2013

Triple Easel Card using Tommy Paper

I love all the fancy fold type cards there are out there.  I have been having fun learning the different techniques.  I saw the triple easel tutorial on Splitcoaststampers and knew this was the next fancy card I would make.  I designed this card for my July Card Workshop.

Tommy Triple Easel Card-July workshop

It was a lot of fun to create.  I realized this was not a card I wanted to give away. It now sits in my office as inspiration.



Only 10 days until the Autumn/Winter Idea Book Launch

I am sure you have heard the saying, when it rains it pours; well this fits my life right now.  I have so many things going on which is pulling me in all directions.  The only thing that I want to be doing are playing with all my new product…. How can I add more hours to the day????

Well I have been able to create a few things.  Since I am hosting an Open House and Card Workshop to celebrate the new Autumn/Winter idea book my first order of business has been designing cards for the workshop.  I am going to share two of them with you today.

Babycakes Card for Open House workshop This card featured the Babycakes paper, the Wild Wonders Stamp Set and the new Bronze Shimmer Trim.

Frosted Tree Card for Open House WorkshopThis Card is featuring the Frosted Paper line.

If you are in the Spokane area and would like to come to My Open House or would like to participate in the Card Workshop on August 7th at the North Spokane Library from 6-9 pm, here are the details:

Please join Stephanie Feist and myself for a fabulous night of card making. We will make 10 beautiful cards using papers from the new Close to My Heart Idea Book. You will learn to use a variety of different techniques. A light snacks will be served. The cost for this workshop is $20 and needs to be prepaid to either Stephanie or myself to hold you spot! Want to earn a FREE workshop? Purchase any of the 3 Close to My Heart Cricut Cartridges (Art Philosophy, Artise or Artbooking) between July 1 and July 31 and your workshop is FREE.

The Open House will take place at the same time so even if you don’t want to make cards, stop by and check out all the new Close to My Heart products. We will have a small make n’ take and giveaways. Earn an opportunity for FREE paper packs and other product for placing an order. Every $25 spent gives you one ticket for the giveaway. Spend $150 that night and walk away with $25 in FREE product and the FREE Stamp of the Month.

Feel free to invite your friends and share this event.

Please RSVP by Sunday August 4th.


It’s Pajama Party Time!!

Did you catch the Pajama Party last time on the ? Well if you didn’t then you will want to mark your calendar for July 31st at 6 pm PST.  It was really a lot of fun and informative.  Close to My Heart is sponsoring another Pajama Party this month.  You can win free CTMH product and you will get to see some of the amazing things the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge can do.   I know the cartridge is not available yet, but once you have seen all the wonderful things you can create with it you will want to order it right away.  You will be in luck as the next day it will be available.

Here is the layout which will be showcased on the Pajama Party.  Don’t you just love those overlays?


Here is the list of supplies needed if you would like to complete this layout:

  • Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection*
  • 1301 Bamboo Cardstock
  • 1388 Colonial White Cardstock
  • X5668 Honey Cardstock
  • X5762 Lagoon Cardstock
  • X5930 Slate Cardstock
  • X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
  • X5666 Twilight Cardstock
  • Z2160 Twilight Exclusive Inks® Pad
  • Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks® Pad
  • Z1853 Aqua Dots*
  • Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1294 Sanding Kit

*These products will be available for customers to purchase beginning August 1, 2013.


Using Background Stamps

Have you seen the great background stamp sets that Close to My Heart offers?  There are two in the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea book – In the Background and Distressed Background Stamp Sets. These stamp sets are wonderful as you can customize the shape and size of the image you want to have stamped with the background stamp. Ever working on a layout or card and wish you had a coordinating pattern paper which would blend in perfectly?  Well Background stamps can solve that problem for you as you pick the cardstock and ink color.  I know some times you love a concept but just don’t know how to embark on it.  Well be sure to check out the video that shows you how.

Here is a card I created using the In the Background Stamp set.

Friends Card - July workshop

If you love background stamps then you will be excited to know there is another one in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book!!!!


How Would You Like to Get Free Procuct?


I know everyone likes to get things for FREE, well what if I told you you could receive FREE Close To My Heart product?  Well you can…. I am starting a Monthly Hostess Club.  What is this you ask?  This is just a “virtual” type club. We don’t physically meet anywhere. It’s just a way if you like our products to order each month and then one of the months you earn FREE product without having to do anything. Here are the details:

* You are committing to a minimum monthly order is only $25 (plus shipping & tax) per month for 6 months

* Each month you will take turns being the Hostess.  You will earn $25 in FREE Close To My Heart product when it your turn to be the hostess.

* Are you are wanting those exclusive Hostess Rewards Stamp sets well you can use your $25 in FREE product to get those stamp sets. It can also be used for stamp sets, paper packets, ink pads, markers, cardstock, acrylic blocks and more.

* As an added bonus I will give you the month you are the Hostess the Stamp Of The Month for FREE

* When it is your month you can collect outside orders from friends and family to increase the amount of FREE goodies you get.  Those sales would count towards your Hostess Month.

* What better way to get the product you love and do it on a monthly basis so you can budget your supplies.

Are you ready to sign up?

Here is how it works:

*All orders should be sent to me via e-mail by the 12th of each month!! I total up your order and let you know the total- the total should be paid by the 15th of the month.  Orders can be paid via PayPal OR with a credit card that I keep on file.

*Orders are processed and shipped straight to YOU as soon as you pay for your order. No more waiting for the whole group, or waiting for me to get it then ship it to you. This also saves you on shipping costs!

The Monthly Hostess Club will run August 2013 through January 2014.

Please email me at to get you signed up for this wonderful opportunity to earn FREE Close to My Heart product!!


Stampers with Attitude Blog Hop – Patriotic

Welcome to the Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop!

The Stampers with an Attitude are excited to show you some Patriotic Art with an Attitude, so here we go……

If you have come here from Angela Garcia’s Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  Just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!

I was excited about the patriotic stamps that CTMH was offering this year.   I think sometimes we get so caught up in our day to day routines that we forget to thank and show support for those who serve our county.    I know that I could be better about showing my patriotism and being more supportive of those who serve.

Patriotic_Stampers with attitude

For this card I used cranberry cardstock for the base.  I still really like the Hero paper from last year and felt it was very fitting for this occasion with the blues and stars.  I used the the Home of the Brave stamp.  For inks I used Moonstruck, Cranberry and Slate.  The flag pole was done using black embossing powder.  I found some red, white and blue bakers twine to keep with the theme.

Don’t miss out on ordering your patriotic stamp sets as they are only available until July 31st, 2013.  As a show of our support, Close To My Heart will donate $3 from each B-size My Acrylix® Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the United States, or $3 from each B-size My Acrylix® Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Strong and Free stamp set to the Canadian Hero Fund, which supports spouses and children of fallen Canadian military troops by providing post-secondary education in Canada. Show your support today—stamp style by purchasing your stamps HERE.

Now hop on over to Vickie ODell’s Blog and check out her fabulous work.

If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here:

Sweet Life Blog Hop


Welcome to our July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month’s stamp from Close to My Heart is “Sweet Life” and is available exclusively through your Close to My Heart consultant from July 1 – 31, 2013.  You can purchase this stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying purchase.


If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy’s blog – Love 2 Create .

If you came from Mary Ellen ~ Cr8ive ME then you are in the right place!

July - Sweet Life_Blog HopFor this card I chose Olive, Indian Corn blue and Ruby as my cardstock.  I used an embossing folder to create the rick-rack and stitched look.  I then used my markers to color in the stamped image on colonial white.

Your next stop on our “Sweet Life” hop is Rebecca’s Blog.

Here is a full list of our participants:

Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious
Theo ~ Celebrate Crafts
Jennifer~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
Mary Ellen ~ Cr8ive ME
Cat ~ Catscrapbooking <— You Are Here
Rebecca – Show Me Scrapping
Heather – Paper Crafter Anonymous

Join my Team

Do you just love CTMH products?  Have you ever wondered if you could be a consultant yourself? The answer to this question is YES!  Think of it this way you get all the great products at a DISCOUNT!!! How exciting would that be????

 Join my CTMH team!!!!!

You can join the CTMH team for personal use – ordering for yourself and/or friends.  You can run clubs, hold workshops and classes. You can take this as far as you want.  The opportunity is there you just have to take the first step and sign up.

Right now when you sign up you will be getting the new product from the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea book.  So you will get the new product before it is available to the public.  The cost to sign up as a consultant is only $49!!! The retail value of this kit is approximately $155 so this is a fantastic deal!!!


So what are you waiting for sign up today! Just click HERE to get going!

Great Savings on Canvas Art Kit

Do you like or have you though about designing your own home decor? You may be seeing all those cool projects that people put on Pinterest.  In case you did not know Close to My Heart has been offering these wonderful kits which will help you design your own.  One of those kits is the Workshop on the Go Canvas Art Kit.  For the month of July you can purchase this Workshop on the Go for 50% off, it is now only $19.95 (plus shipping and tax).


This is an awesome deal as you get the following products in the kit:

  • A special My Acrylix Canvas Art Workshop Stamp Set – size C
  • 12″ x 12″ Printed Canvas Display
  • Cashmere Barker’s Twine (1 yard)
  • 10 Clear Sparkles (10mm)
  • Sparkles Flourish
  • 2 – 12″ x6″ Dimensional Elements In Color – Art Shapes
  • Instructional Brochure

Don’t miss out on this great deal as it is only offered through the month of July as it will be retiring.  You can click here to order yours today.  The added bonus is there is no qualifying purchase needed.


Roxybonds Team Blog Hop – Tommy

Welcome to the Roxybonds Team Blog Hop for July!!

Roxybonds Scrappers

This month we are featuring artwork from the Tommy Paper pack.

If you are coming from Jen’s Blog than you are on the right path!

I know sometimes when you see paper like Tommy which has a nautical theme many people think, well I don’t sail so I will not be able to use this paper.  Well as much as I would love to say we sail, I have to say the last time I went sailing was too long ago to remember.  I designed this page with my son in mind.  The photos I will be using are of him playing outside; unfortunately I did not get to print them to add to the layout before the hop.

Tommy Page kit copy

I love to design page kits and have decide to up grade my page kits.  I will be offering page kits like this for $12 which will incorporate the coordinating assortment which sells for $5.95 (before tax and shipping).   All of the paper will be cut for you and you will just need to assemble.   A photo and directions will be included.   Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this kit –

For this layout I used Outdoor denim cardstock as the base and Honey and Cranberry as the other main colors.   For an accent I used Desert Sands and Cashmere.  Using my Silhouette I cut the rope frames and accents.   I also used the Silhouette to cut the tittle.   I was very proud of myself as I learned how to weld the words together to make this tittle.   It took some time but makes it much easier to mange than dealing with each individual letter.   I use all but one of the coordinating Tommy accessories.

Now hop on over to Kat’s Blog and check out what beautiful creations she has for you.

Here is a complete list of all of those participating:

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