Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - O-fish-ally Awesome




Welcome!

Glad you could join us today!  A blog hop is just one big loop of fun and creative ideas. So if you're joining me here, grab your beverage of choice, and sit back ready to be inspired by creative ideas for using this new Close To My Heart stamp of the month.  If you are coming here from
Darlys' blog you are on the right path.  At the end of this post you will see a link to Katy's blog for you to continue following the hop.  

The stamp of the month, O-fish-ally Awesomeis a set of 37 stamps that will be wonderful for designing cards or scrapbooks pages.  As you go through this hop, you'll see lots of creative and fun ideas for using this stamp set.  




O-fish-ally Awesome is available only through the month of April.  After seeing all the great ideas in this blog hop, you're going to want to add this to your stamp collection.  You can purchase this set for $18.95, or get it for only $5 with a qualifying order of $50 (US) through your Close To My Heart consultant or find it here  .

This is such a fun stamp set to play with!  For my project I made several cards.  I haven't been making too many shaker cards lately, so I was playing around with those.  I thought the "just keep swimming" phrase would be a good one to include in cards I will be sending to some friends during this time of social isolation.

I used papers from the Seas The Day Paper packIntense Black InkWatercolor paints, Waterbrush, and various Tri-Blend markers,  for all of the cards I'm sharing today.  For the shaker cards, I used the CTMH shaker window products .



Here's a closer look.




Here' a close-up of the inside.  You might be able to see the Liquid Glass that I 
used on the bubbles to make it look like water bubbles.

And on to the shaker cards

The brown "sand" is ripped Kraft paper with the sand stamp from this set.  
I put some 3-D foam tape to raise it a little and create some depth..





Thanks for stopping by today. 
Join me as we hop on to see the creative ideas using this stamp set on 
Katy Taylor's blog

Be sure to visit the other consultants who have joined in on this
 blog hop for lots of inspiration. If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can find the entire list of participating consultants on Melinda's blog to get back on track.


Friday, March 27, 2020

Save 20% on Everyday Life Albums




Enjoy 20% discounts on your favorite Everyday Life™ albums 
during our Everyday Life™ Album Sale this weekend! 

See the albums here

The Everyday Life™ Album Sale will begin on Friday, March 27 at 4:00 pm (CDT)
 and will end on Tuesday, March 31 at 11:59 pm (CDT).
 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

March - April Workshops

To my Workshop Friends

I MISS YOU AND OUR TIME TOGETHER!

I sure hope you are doing well and finding things to occupy your time during these unusual times.  Well, hopefully we'll be able to gather to do scrapbooking workshops again in a few weeks.  In the meantime, I'm sharing the layouts that I've designed and what I have to offer when we are able to resume meeting together again.

If you haven't already ordered supplies from the March/April catalog, you might want to consider ordering the paper packs shown below to complete these workshops while they're still available.

I used colors of cardstock other than those included in the Coordinated Cardstock packs for the Yesterday and Today CS, so you may want to get your supplemental cardstock along with the cutting guide from me.  If you are interested in working on these layouts on your own before we can get together, we can make arrangements for the delivery of your supplemental cardstock.

Yesterday and Today Workshop
(remember to click on any picture to get a better view)







  
Here's the Yesterday and Today paper pack plus sticker sheet.  



I also used the foil die cuts.


There are kits with heritage layouts available from Close to My Heart 
which you can find on my website.


Seas the Day Workshop
I moved away from using the beach theme for some more general layouts.
Again, I used colors of cardstock other than those included in the Coordinated Cardstock packs for the Seas the Day CS, so you may want to get your supplemental cardstock along with the cutting guide from me.  If you are interested in working on these layouts on your own before we can get together, we can make arrangements for the delivery of your supplemental cardstock.

(remember to click on any picture to get a better view)



part of this layout was inspired by Gay Fitzallen

Here's the Seas the Day paper pack.  I didn't use any of the stickers on these layouts. 
 The embellishment images here are either die cuts of Cricut cuts.


There are other kits available on my website if you are interested in the beach look for these papers.


Friday, March 20, 2020

Crafting Ideas for these unusual times

So many craft ideas, so little time... until now!

During these unusual times, we here at Close To My Heart have been looking for ways we can help our community cope with the unique challenges we are all facing. When it comes to facing increased confinement at home, we can think of no better way to pass the time at home than keeping our hands busy doing something creative. Whether you are looking for something to keep the kids and grandkids occupied or some much needed "me time," we want to support you in any way we can!

As you are well aware, we have no shortage of great ideas here at Close To My Heart, and we wanted to share a few of our current projects that we think would make wonderful time-fillers that you could complete on your own or with any younger apprentice crafters you may have around!

These Are My People

Our March special features a beautiful product collection focusing on the people and relationships that are most important to us. With a complete paper packet + sticker sheet, coordinating stamp set, and a beautiful 6" x 8" Cut Above® album that comes ready to assemble, there is no end to the creative projects you could tackle using this collection!

Get a closer look at the artwork  on my website.

Easter Traditions

This fun project just launched last week and is a great one for setting your sights on the upcoming Easter holiday. This special features exclusive wood shapes designed to make two fun Easter banners. Each banner kit also includes a coordinating SVG file so you can decorate the wood shapes with your choice of papers!

Learn all about this special and see the banners in action in this Facebook Live video.

Craft with Heart™ Subscriptions

Have you tried our Craft with Heart subscription service? Get regular deliveries of Cut Above cardmaking or scrapbooking kits. The genius of these kits is that all the cutting is done for you, so all you need to do is put them together! The current cardmaking kit features beautiful designs for many different occasions, including birthdays, mother's day, and more.

Learn more about our current Craft with Heart cardmaking kit in this post from the Make It From Your Heart blog.  You can find this subscription service on my website.

Exclusive New Stamp Set

Finally, we're putting the finishing touches on an exclusive new stamp set made just for these unprecedented times. This set will be a great tool for helping you make artwork and preserve memories from this chapter of life.

Watch our social media channels to find out when this set is available for orders! We'll also be sharing lots more artwork inspiration, project ideas, and more freebies on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest over the coming weeks, so be sure you're following us.

Whatever is going on in the world, we love that we can always turn to crafting for a creative outlet and a source of joy and peace of mind. We are grateful to have you as part of our Close To My Heart community and look forward to weathering these challenges together!
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

March - April CTMH New Product Blog Hop

March - April CTMH New Product Blog Hop




Thanks for visiting our blog hop!   You'll get a chance to see many of the new products for the March/April new idea book.  A blog hop is just one big loop of crafty, fun ideas for paper crafting as you visit each of the connected blogs.  If you are coming from Valerie's blog, you are on the right path.  If you are starting here, just look for the link at the end of my post, (and successive posts) to see which blog to visit next.

Today I am showing scrapbooking layouts I made using the papers from the Yesterday and Today paper packet .  It's a wonderful paper pack for scrapbooking heritage pages, however, the colors are easy to use with masculine themes, for scrapbooking many travel pictures, or really anything you want as the neutral colors will really let the colors of your pictures pop. Here's the paper pack with stickers.




I also used the Foil Cuts designed to use with these papers. 




My first layout will be used with pictures of my grandkids' visit to the Civil War Museum.
The letters on this layout came from the Artiste Cricut Collection.



My second layout


This third layout used another new product, the Classic Alphabet Thin Cuts.




Here's a close-up of one of the gear sections so you can see how the Gold Foil paper
was added to accentuate the gears and also to mimic the foil die-cuts on the other layouts. The gears can be found in the Artiste Cricut Collection.



You will love the Yesterday and Today paper pack and other products associated with it.
The products featured here are available only through the life of this idea book which ends April 30th.  After seeing all the great ideas in this blog hop, you're going to want to visit the new idea book here. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom idea book (although you'll enjoy the year long core catalog as well.)

Thanks for stopping by today.  Join me as we hop on to see the creative ideas featured for this idea book on Krista's blog.  

Be sure to visit the other consultants who have joined in this blog hop for lots of new product inspiration.  If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can find the entire list of participating consultants on Melinda's blog to get back on track.






Wednesday, March 4, 2020

What's new in March?

Celebrate the People in Your Life

The exclusive These Are My People collection features papers, stamps, project kits, and more, specifically designed to help you celebrate YOUR people!
Shop Now

Check Out the Newest Catalog!

We've just released a brand new catalog packed with beautiful crafting products for all occasions! Take a look now and place an order to get your own free copy!
Browse New Products

March Stamp of the Month

Available this month only, March's Stamp of the Month, Family Legacy, can be yours for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more!
See the Whole Set