Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Stamp of the Month

Welcome to the Close To My Heart 
July Stamp of the Month
Blog Hop

If you are coming from Traci's  blog for the CTMH stamp of the month blog hop, you are on the right track.  This month we are featuring a set of 6 stamps, Life is Wonderful, which is wonderful for  creating cards, scrapbook pages, or other home decor.  

After viewing my work, just hit the red link at the end of my post to move on to the next blog.  You will find that most consultants will have a similar link at the end of their posts.  So sit back, relax, and cull the many creative uses for this stamp set.  

I have been wanting to start a scrap project about myself for quite a while now.  So using the My Crush book, Wildwood, along with some Hopscotch Picture My Life cards and a previous Operation Smile special stamp provided the impetus to get this project going.  
(I just love how participating in the various blog hops inspires me to explore materials I've had for a while and start projects that have been on the back burners.  Even better yet, it often inspires my scrap group to get some of the same materials to get their own projects going.)

The small word wonderful is from You're the Bomb, an Operation Smile stamp set which is no longer available.

I plan to use these pages for journaling a number of wonderful things that I have experienced in my journey through life.  It is amazing that so many wonderful things have happened after some pretty troubled times.  It's time to record those and hope that they will prove helpful and supportive for any troubled times in the future.

Here's a close up of the top of the journaling page.

Products used: Blue items are links to these products on my website.
My Crush Book: Wildwood Book
Accessories: Flowers cut using the Art Philosophy Cartridge, Aqua Dots
Picture My Life: Hopscotch Scrapbooking Program (sorry, no longer available)
Stamp Sets:  Life is Wonderful (July Stamp of the Month) and You're the Bomb (Seasonal Expressions Operation Smile Stamp set - No longer available).

Normally, I try not to use retired materials in my blog hop posts.  This time they fit my needs for this project so well, I needed to use them.  

Remember, the stamp of the month is only available until July 31st.  It sells for $17.95, however, with a qualifying order of $50, you can get it for only $5.  Visit my website to order yours or contact me.

Your next stop along the hop is Jenny's blog for another creative spin with this stamp set.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

My Crush Constant Campaign Blog hop

Welcome to 
Close To My Heart's 
June Special of the Month

My Crush Albums

If you are coming from Brenda's blog on the My Crush blog hop, you are on the right track.  This month we are featuring various projects using the My Crush albums.  There are so many different ways to use these wonderful albums.  Beside using the albums as designed, you can take the pages out of the book to use on traditional scrapbook pages, to make cards or any other paper project you might think of.  So hop on board and see the creative ideas of over 30 consultants.

For my project, I've decided to start the garden journal I've been wanting to do for the past several years.  My intent is journal what I've done so far in my perennial garden and yard this year and and continue throughout the summer and fall with notes, thoughts, and pictures.  My first few pages include some of my favorite pictures from last fall as well as pictures from this spring.

Materials used in this project are:
My Crush Bluebird Book
My Crush Favorites Assortment
Canary, Smoothie, Slate, and Flaxen cardstock
Oceanside Sequins
Coral Reef Sequins
The buttons and brads used are retired CTMH products.

This link will take you to my website to see samples of the various My Crush Books, assortments, and coordinating stamps sets available.

Don't forget to take advantage of the special this month -- buy your favorite My Crush Album, the matching assortment package, and get the coordinating stamp set FREE. ($9.95 value).  I will add a free workshop for anyone who lives in my area that orders this special and would like to start an album or journal project of your own.   

Your next stop on the hop is Michelle's blog.  Enjoy!

If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete blog list on Melinda's blog.

Friday, June 5, 2015

My Crush™ on Crafting

My Crush Books -- What are they?

My Crush Books -- I'm working on one now --- using it as my garden journal.  I'll be following up with pictures in a few days for the special blog hop featuring these wonderful little scrapbooks.

Remember the CTMH special this month features all the different my crush books. 

What are they? 

Take a peek here to see.

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Newsletter

Kathy's Calendar of Events

See the calendar on my calendar tab to get more information on each of these events.
Tuesday, June 9 - 2 page scrap workshop - 6:30
Friday, June 12 - Open Crop - 5:30
Thursday, June 18 - 6 page scrap - 5:30
Monday, June 29 - Technique Time Card Workshop - 6:30
Tuesday, June 30 - Technique Time Card Workshop - 1:00

Special Offers for June Redeemable only through me

  • Buy three embellishment packages (all of the same $ value) and get a fourth one of equal value 1/2 off.
  • Buy three shimmer trims rolls (@ $4.95) and get the fourth one 1/2 off (@$2.48)
  • Buy a Paper Fundamental package (@$19.95) and get your choice of a Glitter Paper pack 1/2 off (@2.98)
To get these specials, you will need to order through me, not my website.  Prices quoted here do not include tax or shipping costs.

Stamp of the Month

Just think of all the fun cards and scrapbook pages you could create with inspiration?

Just click on this link CTMH bloghop starting with my entry to visit and see what others have done.

Remember this set is only available through the month of June for $17.95. Although, with a $50 qualifying order, it's yours for only $5.

During the month of June, when you purchase any My Crush® book and its accompanying assortment pictured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015, pages 150 - 157, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE! That is a savings of at least $9.95.

Choose from five lovely My Crush book offerings that will provide  a ready made background for your favorite memories. From family reunions to camping adventures to holiday count-downs and much more, you'll love the ease of creating in these books.

I'm starting one of my own for my garden journal this week.

This offer is only available while supplies last* and once they’re gone, these books are gone for good, so put your orders in early to get your summer romance rolling today!

See samples of the My Crush books here.

Card Workshop - Techniques

Beginning this month, I am changing the format of my card workshops.  Each month I will teach a new stamping technique or card fold and we will use that to create 5 - 6 cards using that technique.  You will still be able to create cards for various occasions, they will not all have to be the same design, but they will just have a common technique.  This month I will be presenting the Bokeh technique as featured in this simple notecard.  Please register for this workshop by June 22nd.  If you have your own white pigment ink pad, please bring it along.