Archives for July 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop ~ What a Hoot

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!! This month we are featuring AUGUST’s Stamp of the Month, which is WHAT A HOOT (S1408), a set of 17 stamps.

August SOTM Blog Hop

If you are coming here from BRENDA LAPP’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 over 60 consultants participating



I know this stamp set will make adorable halloween cards but I thought I would show you a couple of other possible ideas for how to use this adorable stamp set. Like a birthday….

What a hoot birthday

Suplies used for this project:

Ariana paper pack, Chocolate, Daisy White and Crystal Blue cardstock.  What a Hoot and the Art Philosophy Celebrate stamp set.  I cut the tree and leafs using the Artbooking cartridge.  The eyes and pom pom on hats are the black and grey bubbles.

Here is another using a fall theme…

What a Hoot aug14- fall

Supplies used:

  • Woodgrain embossing folder Z1996 *
  • Pathfinding paper pack X1786B *
  • What a Hoot Stamp set S0814*
  • Art Philosophy cartridge for leaves
  • ShinHan Markers – Sap Green Z2463, Pastel Green Z2459, Pastel Peach Z2460, Clay Z2451, Mahogany Z2456, & Marigold Z2457 *
  • Cardstock – Black, Chocolate, Champagne, Autumn Terrecotta, Olive and Colonial white
  • Ink – Archival Black

*Denotes new item

Now head on over to MORGAN VOGT’s blog to see what she has created.  Be sure to make it through the entire hop as you will get to see lots of wonderful creative ideas and beautiful artwork.

Happy Crafting!


ABC’s Blog Hop ~ O

ABC's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter “O”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “O” 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 just arrived from WENDY KESSLER then you are on the right track.

For my “O” element I have been wanting to try the Ombre technique using a sponge dauber and used a bit of  Origami.  To create the background Ombre effect I used a mask for the moon.  Then using a sponge dauber I started applying Goldrush, then Sunset and then Autumn Terracotta.   The witch hat was crated by folding paper and I added a touch of washi tape to it.

Ombre, Origami_4753

For this card I used the following products:

  • Cardstock ~ Black, Colonial White
  • Paper Pack ~ Basic Fundamentals
  • Stamp Set ~ Halloween Greetings (D1605 one of the new stamp sets available Aug 1st)
  • Ink ~ Black, Goldrush, Sunset, and Autumn Terracotta
  • Embellishments ~ Gold Washi Tape, foam tape

Your next stop is back to the beginning with LINDA’S BLOG ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY.

Happy Crafting !


Open House and Crop August 16th

Where is the time going?? I am sorry I have not been as consistent posting new artwork but I have been working hard on designing lots of exciting things using the new product which will be available on August 1st.   I will begin posting the new artwork in less that two weeks but until then, here is a sneak peek…

Annual Inspirations Sneak Peek

If you like what you see here but would like to see the actual projects they you will want to come to my Open House and Crop on August 16th at the North Spokane Library.  The Open House will be from 10 am to 6 pm, you can come any thine during those hours to come see all the fabulous artwork and so a make-n-take.

The Crop which will start at 9 am to 8 pm and the cost is $5 per person, however if you place an order for $35 or more before tax and shipping the crop will be FREE.  You will be able to use my Cricut Expression 2 and all three CTMH Cartridges ~ Art of Philosophy, Artiste and Artbooking (you will have to provide your own mat). I will have all my inks available if you need a particular color. I will also have all of the CTMH cardstock available for sale if you need a page or two.  Be sure to reserve you spot today as space is limited.

Happy Crafting!


Monthly Hostess Clubs ~ Aug to Jan

Do you LOVE  Close to My Heart product?  Do you like FREE product?  Of course you do!!!!   Well I have a great solution for you – sign up for my six month $25 Monthly Hostess Club.   You do not have to be local to participate as all your goodies can be shipped directly to your door step.  This is a great way to budget you crafting supplies and earn FREE product!!!  Once you see all the goodness in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book you will be so glad you did it.

And right now if you are one of the first 4 people to sign up you will also get to pick one of these stamp sets for FREE!!!

Club Incentive Stamp Sets 2014

So how does a club work you ask?  You commit for 6 months (Aug to Jan) to purchase $25 (before tax and shipping) each month and in return you will receive:

  • 1) First to receive the Annual Inspirations Idea Book, and the Seasonal Expressions when they are released
  • 2) Pick the month you are the hostess (first to sign up get first choice)
  • 3) FREE mini stamp set just for joining my club which will be sent with your first club order
  • 4) FREE Stamp of the Month when you are the hostess
  • 5) FREE product each month – you will receive a minimum of $25 in free product the month you are the hostess but if you recruit outside sales the month you are the hostess you will get the additional rewardsHostess Rewards Plus Program
  • 6) Contest and Give-A-Ways for club members ONLY
  • 7) One weeks advance notice of all upcoming specials

What is eligible with your free product?   My Acrylix stamps, My Acrylix blocks, Exclusive Inks pads, Exclusive Ink re-inkers, Complements, My Reflections paper packets, all cardstock, Workshop on the Go kits and Studio J.

How does this work?  Once you have signed up for the club you will need to submit your order each month by the 12th of the month and payment must be received by the 15th.  Then your order will be shipped directly to you!! So easy and yet you get so many great benefits!!

Contact me to day to get started in this awesome program as it will start August and run through January.

Happy Crafting!


Join My Team

Have you been thinking about joining Close to My Heart? Want to earn some additional money? Or just get a discount on the products you love?  Well then you should consider joining my team.  What is even better is now you can pick your consultant kit.

If you are a carmaker will we now have the perfect starter kit for you!! Take a look at this awesome kit for $99!  It has a retail value of over $365, that is a great deal.

14-ai-new-consultant-card kit


For you scrapbookers her is your new kit.  It is also only $99 and you receive over $365 worth of product.

14-au-new-consultant-scrapbook kit


Do you see that it is all the new product? Thats right if you sign up now you can get all the new product before it is available to customers.  How exciting is that??? Please let me know if you have any questions and if you are ready to sign up you can do so HERE!

Happy Crafting!


Stampers with Attitude Bling it Up Hop

Welcome to the Stampers with Attitude Blog Hop!! The Stampers with Attitude is the team lead by Kimberly Moss.  This month the Stampers with Attitude are going to be showcasing artwork which has been blinged  up (Is that a word?  In the paper crafting world it is!) You should see some awesome flashy artwork on this hop. Keep in mind that a blog hop is just a big circle so if you have just come from KIMBERLY MOSS ~ Kim’s Paper Crafts, then you are in the right spot and you will find your next blog at the bottom of this post.

For my Bling it Up I designed a card with a lot of shimmer and sparkle.

SWAA - Bling it up

Here is the inside of the card.

SWAA - Bling it up inside

For this card I trimmed a 1/2 inch off the bottom of the card which allowed for the peak-a-boo look to the inside of the card.  I also could not resits trying out our new ShinHan markers to color the balloons. I love the way they color – they are really AWESOME!!!  They will be available August 1st when the new Annual Inspirations goes live.

The supplies I used on this card are:

  • Daisy White cardstock 1385
  • Lollydoodle paper pack X7193B **
  • Pink Glitter paper Z1922
  • Pink Glitter Gems   Z1807
  • Hollyhock Zipper Lace Z1826 **
  • Joyful Birthdays B1419
  • Balloons M1037
  • Hollyhock Ink pad Z2128
  • Hollyhock cardstock 1246

** denotes retiring items so be sure you order these before they are retired on July 31st.

Now you next hop is to go to ANGELA GARCIA ~ Angela’s Creative Closet.  Now hop on and see her bling it up artwork.

Happy Crafting!


Here is the full list of participants in case you get lost along the way.

  1. Becky McClain ~
  2. Di Crawford ~
  3. Barbi Kelley ~
  4. Kimberly Moss ~
  5. Catherine Nowak~
  6. Angela Garcia ~
  7. Sue Latta ~
  8. Sheila Bennett ~
  9. Melissa Robinson ~
  10. Melinda Everitt ~
  11. Jen Patrick ~
  12. Fawn Carriker ~
  13. Aggie Peters ~
  14. Denise Elliott ~

ABCs Blog Hop ~N

ABC's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter “N”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “N” 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 just arrived from  TRACEY PIERCE – PAPERCRAFTING PRINCESS then you are on the right track.

For my “N” element I chose NEWBORN.  I had these photos set aside to scrapbook of my brother’s family as they welcomed their son two years go.  Not as to long ago :-).  I knew Babycakes paper pack would be perfect and I could use the the complements.  I was so happy how quickly this layout came together.  I only wish I had better photos instead of emailed and texted ones, unfortunately we live too far away to have made the trip in person.

BabyCakes for ABC's blog hop N

Items used:

  • Paper pack ~ BabyCakes, Fundamental Basic
  • Embellishments ~ BabyCakes Complements
  • Cardstock ~ Chocolate and Buttercup
  • Ink ~ Slate and Chocolate

Now hop on over to LAUREN MOORE -CTMH CRAFTINGS and see what she has designed for you.

If you get lost along the way hope back to the beginning with LINDA’S BLOG ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY to see the full list of participants.

Happy Crafting!



Get These Items Before Prices Go Up!

I wanted to be sure to let you know that there will be a few price increases going into effect with the new Idea Book on August 1st.  So if you need any of these items you will want to place your order now.   Also keep in mind there are a lot of items retiring on July 31st you can find those items HERE.

Item                                             Item#                Current Price        New Price        Increase
All Colored Stamp Pads           various                     $5.25                 $5.95                $0.70
All Colored Reinkers                various                      $4.25                $4.95                $0.70
White Daisy Stamp Pad            Z2163                       $6.95                $7.50                $0.55
Colonial White Stamp Pad       Z2168                       $6.95                $7.50                $0.55
White Daisy Reinker                 Z2263                       $4.95                $5.50                $0.55
Colonial White Reinker            Z2268                       $4.95                $5.50                $0.55
Archival Black Stamp Pad        44751                       $5.95                 $7.50                $1.55
Bonding Memories Glue           1512                         $6.95                 $7.95                 $1.00
My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner         1778                         $4.25                $4.95                 $0.70
Blending Pen                                 3174                         $3.95                $4.50                 $0.55
Watercolor Pencils                     3505                        $22.95              $26.95               $4.00
Sanding Kit                                    Z1294                      $3.50                $4.95                 $1.45
Edge Distresser                           Z1297                      $2.50                $3.95                $1.45
Ruler                                               Z1471                       $9.95                $11.95               $2.00
Stitch Guide                                  Z1852                      $12.95              $13.95               $1.00
Sponge Daubers (3 pack)          Z726                        $3.95                $4.50                $0.55
Sponge Daubers Value Pack     Z1938                     $14.95              $16.95               $2.00
My Acrylix Organizer                 Z1038                     $12.95              $14.95               $2.00
Small Organizer                          Z4138                     $12.95               $14.95               $2.00
Medium Organzier                     Z4139                     $16.95               $19.95               $3.00
Large Organizer                          Z1834                     $22.95              $24.95               $2.00
12×12 My Legacy Faux               Z1342                      $24.95             $29.95              $5.00
Leather Album – Dark Chocolate
12×12 My Legacy Faux               Z1346                     $24.95              $29.95               $5.00
Leather Album – Outdoor Denim

Happy Crafting!


New Cricut Cartrige coming in August

If you have not heard the news as good news travels fast… Close to My Heart will be releasing a new Cricut cartridge call Artfully Sent.  Artfully Sent is geared to the card makers out there but it can be used for so much more and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it and play with it.  We got to make three cards at convention which were cut from the cartridge.  Here is a sneak peek at this new cartidge:


The Artfully Sent cartridge has 700 images which will enable you to design fabulous cards in a flash.  The cartridge comes with 3 D-sized stamps sets and a pack of 12 X 12 Daisy white cardstock to get you off and running.  With this cartridge you can make 400 different projects here is how it breaks down.

  • 50 Pop-up cards
  • 60 Build-a-scene
  • 50 Sentimental cuts
  • 50 Sleeve cards
  • 50 Pocket cards 3 x 4 which can easily be used for Picture My Life
  • 50 Pocket cards 4 x 6 which can easily be used for Picture My Life


Isn’t this card awesome?  I can’t wait to see all the different designs it can create.  Are you ready to get on my waiting list??? Here are the cards we created at convention.

Artfully Sent balloon card

You can see the new colors used in our Balloon card – Thistle and Glacier with the new sequins and gold shimmer trim.

Artfully Sent - Hello Sunshine

I really love this one too and it came together so quickly.

Artfully Sent thankyouThis was the final one we designed.

Check out this video about Artfully Sent then contact me to get on the waiting list to order as soon as it comes available in August.

Happy Crafting!


Busy Busy Bee

I have been busy since coming back from convention last week.  Most of what I have been doing is behind the scenes planing and organizing.  Oh how I love to organize.  Once my craft room is organized I can usually get down to crafting and get on a creativity roll.  So I am hoping now that the organizing and planning are complete I can get to the crafty part.

I did want to share a couple of things with you, first of all if you do not already receive my newsletter they you will want to contact me via my Facebook page or email me at to get signed up.  I just sent out my newsletter last night which highlights my new Monthly Hostess Clubs.  This is such a great way to budget you scrapbooking supplies and earn FREE product.  Yes you heard me FREE product!! Please check out all the details right HERE and contact me right away to save your spot!

Convention was such a treat!  I can not even begin to explain how fun it was meeting fellow consultants and making new friends. Not to mention all the gorgeous artwork which was presented. I was blown away!  I took a lot of photos so I have been going over these to design great workshops for you.  I did want to share a few photos from my trip with you.


Here we are the first night at our team meetings.


This year CTMH had the first annual Rise & Shine fun run which took us through downtown Disneyland and into California Adventure before they were open.  It was awesome!! This and Halloween will probably the only time you will ever find me in a tutu 🙂

I also had a blast swapping cards.  I took 120 and came home with 100 new design ideas.  There were a lot of great ideas and techniques in these swap cards.  I have been flipping through them and sorting them into ones I want to scraplift for workshops. Here is a photo of just a sampling of the artwork.

IMG_0584To give credit here are the designers starting at 12 o’clock and going clockwise – Unknown, Carmen Johnstone, Jeannette Mignucci, Margaret Magnum Davis, Kim Hill and in the center Christi Madsen.

I will be posting over the next couple days the project we crated while at convention.  I have really enjoyed working for CTMH as a consultant but I felt after having gone to convention I am just over the moon.  It was such a great experience and I hope to never miss one again!

Happy Crafting!



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