Archives for July 2015

July Promotion

Have you ever flipped through Idea Books and drooled over those exclusive Hostess Rewards Stamp Sets thinking you would never get the opportunity to purchase one as you were not planning a gathering? Well your lucky day!!!! For this month and this month only you can purchase one of those great stamp sets for only $5 !!! Take a look at all these awesome stamp sets which could be yours.

Hostess RewardsThe one in the lower right corner is this months stamp of the month which you could get for FREE.  Here is how the deal works.  During the month of July, when you purchase $25 USD in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5 USD! That is a savings of up to $17.95 USD!  To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 USD Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 USD of any current, retail priced stamps. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!

Just a reminder there are a lot of things retiring on Aug 31st which will mark the end of this Annual Inspirations Idea book and the Seasonal Expression 2 Idea book.  I will be posting the full list of retiring products soon but you can always check HERE for those items which are retiring and are while supplies last.

Happy Crafting!!!

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Close to My Heart Convention

I had intended to post this when I first arrived in Disneyland on Wednesday but I unfortunately ran into some delays with getting off the runway in LAX and to the Disneyland Hotel.  Unfortunately it took almost 5 hours.  But the great news was I made it.

Convention Group Photo

Here is our team on the first day.  So far convention has been AWESOME!!!! The new Annual Inspiration is wonderful and a fabulous Holiday Expressions.  I cannot wait to share all the new product with you, but it will need to wait until September.

What I want to share with you is a super cool new video which Corporate has released.  If you look at the video and pay attention there are a couple new things there so be sure to watch it!!!

Happy Crafting!

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Operation Smile ~ Happy Everything Blog Hop

Welcome to the Happy Everything Blog Hop!

HappyToday you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  We are featuring the Happy Everything Stamp set which is a special stamp set which benefits Operation Smile.  This stamp set is only offered for the life of the Seasonal Expression 2 idea book which ends on August 31, 2015.  For every stamp set sold Close to My Heart will donate $3 to Operation Smile, so be sure to order yours soon!1507+Happy+Everything

If you are just arriving her from LISA PLUMER’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ 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.   For this hop we have 31 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

It was hard to pick which of the stamps in this set I wanted to used.  I have designed a couple cards with the Happy Everything sentiment so I knew I wanted to do something different. Then what jumped into my mind was the bee and to use the Boken technique (which by now you know I am sort of hooked on 🙂 ).

Happy Everything ~ Operation Smile ~ Boken Technique ~

I used Honey, Whisper and Black ink on Colonial White to create the base.  I then used Colonial White ink to create the circles.  I then came back over the base with Black pigment ink and stamped the bee, the bee trail and sentiment.

Happy Everything card detail ~ operation smile ~ catscrapbooking.comHere is a close up so you can see the Honey Fundamental paper with the honeycomb pattern which was backed by the Black Shimmer trim Z1809 to give a little pop.  I used the black sequins from the Mini-Melody Accents Black Collection Z1862.

Your next stop on the hop is JENNY GILBERT’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 ~ N

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!
ABC's Blog HopFor 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, welcome!  If you just hopped here from LAUREN MOORE’S Blog  then you are in the right place.   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 Linda’s blog HERE.

I have been on a bit of a mission to complete some layouts as I have the photos printed and the layouts picked, all I have to do is pick the papers and scrapbook.  So I was flipping through the photos and stumbled on my son’s first hair cut ~ perfect!!  So this was a totally NEW experience for him.   Then when I pulled out the layout I realized it was titled NOW You See It from the Magic How to Book.  I then used a NON-Traditional element for boys which were the flowers.

ABC's N ~ Pathfinding Layout ~ catscrapbooking.comI picked Pathfinding paper pack for the colors which worked great with the photos.

ABC's N ~ Pathfinding Layour right pg ~ catscrapbooking.comSo for this layout I used my Cricut Explore and Silhouette to make cuts.  The leaves came from Artiste and Artbooking and envelope was from Artfully Sent.  The First Haircut was a SVG file from Silhouette.

Products used:

  • Paper Pack ~ Pathfinding X7186B
  • Cardstock ~ Barn Red, Glacier, Olive and Champagne
  • Embellishments ~ Glacier Extra Thick Twine Z3039, Just Blooms Floret Paper Flowers Z1764 (retired), Buttons (from my stash) and Bronze Shimmer Trim Z1848

Now it is time to hop on over to DARYLS RECKER’S Blog and see what she has designed for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #149 ~ Ruby, Outdoor Denim, Colonial White & Kraft

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #149 we are featuring RUBY, OUTDOOR DENIM, COLONIAL WHITE and KRAFT.

11401444_10153070823819440_2587294451351161646_nSince these colors have a patriotic feel I thought I would design a layout for my shadow box to celebrate the 4th of July.  I have been needing to update it so this worked out perfectly.

Color Dare #149 ~ 4th of July ~ patriotic layout ~ catscrapbooking.comFor this project I used my Cricut Explore to cut all the shapes.  I used Ruby & Outdoor Denim cardstock and Fundamental paper with the Colonial White cardstock.  My base is the Kraft.  For my cuts the star is just one of the basic shapes found in Design Space.  The overlay, rocket and frame are all from Artbooking cartridge.  I used scraps of paper to back these cuts which made them more colorful.  I did have to cut away one of the stars from the photo frame as it was covering too much of the photo.  The fireworks bursts are part of my Cricut subscription #M32A4A and so is the 4th of July is also from my subscription #M43700.  I used some of the sequins I had to five it a little shimmer.  I am so happy the way this turned out and the way I designed the photo frame is next year I can change out the photo with one from this year.

Now it is your turn to create! Just create a project (card, layout or other craft project) using this weeks colors.  Then link them to the Color My Heart Blog ~ Color Dare #149.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday July 9, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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