Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I know I am a day early, but I am so excited about 2010!  First, the brand new Close to My Heart Spring 2010 goes love tomorrow.  I have had the pleasure of perusing it for most of December (a  perk of being a consultant) and LOVE it!  I feel so inspired by the papers and stamps, like my creativity has begun to flow again at warp speed!  You've GOTTA see this one!
The four new paper packs are:  Caboodle, Topstitch, You Rock, and Veranda!  

Speaking of Caboodle, we'll be using this delicious paper for January NO RULES Club!  We are going to use the sea sponge tool to create a gorgeous and unique background, as well as heat embossing!  Are you in my club?  Well, now is the time to start coming!  What does NO RULES mean?  Well, it's pretty simple.  There is no commitment to coming every month:  when you come, you get a gorgeous two page layout and a card for free in exchange for placing a $20 order.  If you can't come, no big deal.  We'll catch you next time.  If your order is over $25, then you are eligible for hostess rewards!  FREE STUFF!  Please click here to let me know you are coming!!  January 21 at 10 am, and January 22 at 7 pm, both at my home in Tuckerton.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Here it is!!! Felicity for National Papercrafting Month!

Here it is!  Felicity is Close to My Heart's brand new B&T packet so you can craft to your heart's content!

This pack includes three main colors:  sorbet, twilight, and barn red.  You can add bamboo, chocolate, cocoa, sweet leaf, the possibilities are endless!

Also included are round die cuts and square die cuts, which are hot trends right now in papercrafting.  Use them whole or cut them up, you have plenty of options to choose from!

Here are my other pages that I've made so far using this fabulous pack:

This is the right page that goes with my previous post, from Calgary Regionals last spring.

And another layout focusing on sorbet, chocolate, cocoa, and barn red:

Left side

Close up of the B&T I made using desert sand cardstock, the argyle stamp that comes in the Felicity paper pack, desert sand ink, sorbet ink, and barn red ink.  I stamped the flourishes and birds (that also come in the stamp set) over the argyle with cocoa ink and then used my sea sponge to gently distress the whole thing with some desert sand ink.  Looks cool!
I also sea sponged a bit of ink on the die cut here to match the distressed look of the rest of the layout.  It is already distressed, but not dark enough for me.

You can earn this amazing kit for free by purchasing $60 in stamp sets, placing an order of $125 or more, or having a $400 gathering!  Or buy it outright for $34.95.  Please contact me to buy it, or go to my website to order!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sneaky Peek at Felicity!

Starting December 15th, Close to My Heart starts celebrating National Papercrafting Month a little bit early!  National Papercrafting Month is January, and CTMH always celebrates with an amazing paper pack and exclusive stamp set.  The have outdone themselves this year!  The paper pack includes so many colors that you can really go in any color palette and make it work.  For this layout, I chose to use twilight, desert sand, bamboo, cocoa, and chocolate.
The stamp set includes a full uppercase alphabet, you can see it there in the title, two birds that have a flourish on them (can't wait to try heat embossing and resist inking with those birds!!), flourishes, an argyle that I used on another layout, flowers, and leaves.  It is AWESOME!

I embellished this page with silver brads up in the upper left corner, and rounded my photo.  That's me with Jeanette Lynton, founder and CEO of Close to My Heart and one of my personal inspirations.  I've been waiting for just the right paper pack to scrap my trip to Calgary Regionals last spring and my photos of meeting Jeanette, asking her my question, and all that good stuff, and Felicity is IT!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  More info on the 15th!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My take on Tim Holtz's Christmas Tags

I have been checking out Tim Holtz's blog recently to see how he's doing his 12 Tags of Christmas projects.  They are really cool but REALLY involved!  Some of the tags have over 40 steps!  I don't know about you, but I really don't like when projects are so involved that it takes me forever to get it done.

So I decided to try making a tag using ONLY Close to My Heart products, and trying to make the tag Faster*Simpler*Easier~of course!  

I started with a white tag, one I've had clogging up my desk forever, and used the sea sponge tool to ink the background with desert sand ink.  Then I used the same tool and added a little twilight ink, then again the sponge and outdoor denim ink to give it lots of depth.  

I stamped using outdoor denim and Vintage Christmas and just added the words to the background, and the saying on the bottom.  I added a strip of Aspen paper, tearing one side and inking that with outdoor denim ink too.  I inked the dimensional element with desert sane, stamped the Christmas sentiment in outdoor denim, then sponged a tiny bit with twilight and outdoor denim until it looked the way I wanted.

I used a metal rimmed tag, and heat embossed a vintage Santa using gold embossing powder, and added some creme brulee ribbon.  I inked the background of the Santa tag with creme brulee ink, then a tiny bit of twilight and outdoor denim inks.  I also inked the edges of the Santa tag a tiny bit with Timber Brown Staz-On ink.  I attached the dimensional element using pewter square brads.  I used two felt flourishes with a little outdoor denim ink-the flourishes are already twilight so adding outdoor denim added a little depth to them.  I attached them using liquid glass, as the felt won't stick with glue dots!  I attached the Santa tag with two strips of foam tape, and voila!  Tag is done.  I think I'm going to go back and use my edge distresser on the edges of the tag, then use some cocoa ink to darken up the edges.

I was pretty proud of myself for trying this-as I like to distress, but usually Tim Holtz is way too distressed for my tastes.  But something about those 12 tags got me excited and I decided to give it a try.  I think I will even make more!  

What am I going to do with them?  I have NO idea!  Maybe hang them up all together or something.  I will let you know!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday HeyDay Online Clearance Sale!!

Get ready for a HOLIDAY HEYDAY with Close To My Heart'sonline clearance sale! Many items are 50% off, with some discounted as much as 80% off regular retail prices. The selection is incredible too!

Shopping begins at 11 am EST and continues while supplies last until December 17th.  Go HERE to start shopping! Remember this is a continental sale (available in US and Canada) so shop early and be patient.  If you have problems, please call me at 609-713-2395 or email me at and I will be happy to assist you.

*Sale has quantities restricted to FIVE per item to provide a smooth shopping experience for all customers.

*You'll want to get in on the amazing deals like My Acrylix stamp sets from @2 and My Reflections paper packets from $5. But that's not all! We have grab bags for $30 each, filled with over $100 in retail products. Plus, great shipping deals on orders over $100. Orders of $100+ have a flat rate shipping of $5.

*Please be patient while shopping and checking out. Imagine if your favorite local scrapbook store had a sale like this. I don't know abou tyou, but I'd be camped out over night to get in and be willing to wait in a rather long check out line. Hopefully things will go super smooth, but I just want to give you a warning. Have fun shopping!

*Here are a few of the items that will be available:
15+ Level One Kits (favorites like Vintage Travel, Laid Back, Free Spirit and more). $5 (regularly $9.95)
10+ Level Two Paper Packs (Caprice, School Zone, Expedition). $6.50 (regularly $12.95). Stickease $4 (regularly $8.95)
35+ Stamp Sets from $2-$8 (Let Us Adore Him, Let's Play Ball, Precious Alphabet, Card Sentiments, and other greats)
Embellishments like brads ($3), ribbon rounds ($4), chipboard ($3).

*Note that clearance items may not be combined with regular-priced items in a single shopping cart.