Saturday, September 9, 2017

My Close To My Heart Artwork, Workshops and Updates

I'm going to be posting daily on my Facebook Close To My Heart page with artwork, workshops, tips & techniques, updates, and much more. I'd love for you to join me there! 

Along with regular posts, I'll also have Facebook Live videos with techniques, contests, polls and fun crafting groups. Although I've loved blogging these past years, I want to be able to connect with everyone who stops by, so that's where I'll be!


Friday, September 1, 2017

September Close To My Heart Specials - Celebrate National Stamping Month!

Celebrate National Stamping Month with Close To My Heart and this exclusive 
From the Heart card kit...

1. National Stamping Month - From the Heart


For National Stamping Month, Close To My Heart has released the exclusive From the Heart card kit, which contains a double stamp set as well as materials and instructions for creating 12 interactive cards with detailed stamping. Purchase as a kit and save 20%!

For Hostesses: Hostesses that host a party in September that reaches the third level of hostess Rewards or higher can get the From the Heart card kit as a FREE item! That’s a $43.90 retail value!
For New Consultants: New Consultants who sign up during September will receive the From the Heart card kit FREE in their New Consultant Kit—an added value of $43.90!

2. September Stamp of the Month

The Stamp of the Month is only available during its month and is only $5 ($12.95 savings!) with every $50 ordered (before shipping and tax). When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before you check out.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Say Goodbye to Seasonal Expressions

The current Seasonal Expressions mini-catalog is about to retire - do you have everything you want from it before it's gone?


Here are a few of my favorite pieces of artwork I created from products in this mini:





Get your favorites before they're gone!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

25th Anniversary Layout - Back to Basics

We made some beautiful layouts at Convention using products from the new Annual Inspirations catalog. One of my favorites is this simple but elegant layout.




The Story: These are photos from my grandparent's 25th anniversary. I love seeing how elegant everyone looks, as well as how happy my grandparents were. My favorite, though is that picture of my grandma out on the dance floor dancing away.

The Basics: This layout was made with papers from the Basics Fundamentals, which I thought was just perfect for these old fashioned photos. The papers are so elegant and the Better Together Complements add just a small touch of color with the Bashful pink and a little shine with some silver foil.

The Finishing Touch: I didn't have to do much to make this layout fit the photos, but I did add a little something to the title - I stamped "You Are My" in front of home. I think if a layout begs to be used with certain photos, you can find a way to add just a few touches to make it fit perfectly.

Monday, August 21, 2017

You're Invited: Annual Inspirations Open House

Our brand new Annual Inspirations catalog is now out, and the new Holiday Expressions will be released September 1st. So to celebrate, I'm having an open house with lots of artwork and prizes!

When: Saturday, September 9th from 11:30am till 4pm (stop by anytime!)
Where: South Elgin, IL

There will be plenty of artwork on display, plus everyone who comes will receive a free Holiday Expressions. If you purchase $25 or more, you'll get a free Annual Inspirations. You'll also have many chances to win artwork and hostess rewards!

RSVP Here (and get a drawing ticket!)

Sign Up Now!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Celebrate Card with Colored Vellum

You can do a lot of cool things with vellum when you're crafting. Here's one of my favorite techniques - coloring on vellum!



How to Color on Vellum: 
  1. Find an fun image with lots of space for coloring (such as this Happily Ever After stamp set), and stamp it on vellum with Versamark.
  2. Use White Embossing Powder and heat set it.
  3. Use alcohol-based markers, like these ShinHan markers. Don't color on the front of the vellum - rather, flip it over and color on the back. It gives the image a stained glass look and is a lot quicker because you don't have to worry so much about staying in the lines!
  4. Flip the image over and adhere either in areas that will be covered by paper or embellishments, or try sewing it on to a piece of cardstock.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - You Are Here Cricut Card


Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop! Come follow Close To My Heart consultants from the Rose Blossom team as we share our creations made using the new You Are Here Cricut cartridge! You Are Here is filled with 700 travel-themed images, and the collection comes with 3 coordinating stamp sets and a 24-pack of cardstock.


If you came here from Marg's amazing blog, you are on the right path. If you get lost along the way, come back here and go to the bottom of the page for the blog hop list.


Inspiration: Sometimes, when I'm not sure what I want to do with a cartridge, I'll flip through the images and see if something catches my eye. As soon as I saw that turtle, I knew I wanted to make a mosaic with him.

Techniques: Besides adding scrap paper to the back of the turtle image to create a mosaic, I also did a watercolor wash of the background to make it feel like the ocean. 


You can get the You Are Here collection (both physical and digital) on my website.

Now it's time for you to keep moving on the hop.  Head on over to Ginger's lovely blog and see her artwork!

Blog Hop List:
Brenda
Lynn
Marg
Morgan - YOU ARE HERE (Ha! :)
Ginger

Monday, August 7, 2017

Paw Print Layout with Adventure Fundamentals

Doggy paw prints and bright, Adventure colors - I loved making this fun layout!




Making Paw Prints: Cut a paw print template using a die cutting machine (If you have a Cricut and the Artistry cartridge, you can use my Design Space file). 

Tape the template down with washi tape. Mix re-inker with acrylic paint and once you have a color you like, sponge it gently over the template. Carefully remove the template.

Optional: After the images dry, outline them with a Journaling Pen.


Inspiration: The new Make It From Your Heart Volume 3, Pattern 1

Products Used: Adventure Fundamentals for all the paper, Happy Moments Complements for all the stickers, and the Thin Cuts Heart Border for the heart border and those little heart confetti pieces. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

New Annual Inspirations Artwork - Basics Fundamentals Card

Our brand new Annual Inspirations catalog means brand new artwork! I cannot wait to show off all the lovely projects I've been creating. 

Here is the first thing I made when that big box of new products came in:



Technique: Sometimes the easiest way to break in a new pack of paper is to cut strips - you use the paper, but still leave most of it in tact! So I cut strips of patterned paper and cardstock, overlapping them.

The For You Darling stamp set is a two-step stamp that allows you to create more realistic and dimensional flowers. I used the lighter Bashful ink along with a medium color (Pixie) and a darker color (Raspberry) for the outlines.

Take It Up a Notch: Although our Gold Shimmer Brush isn't new, what I did with it is new to me! I squeezed the brush so the tip had some liquid and then flicked it across the card. I love all the ways you can use shimmer brushes!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge - You Are Here

Our brand new Cricut cartridge - You Are Here - is now available! And to celebrate, I'm giving away free product!

You Are Here Collection - 700 images, Enchantment Cardstock and 3 coordinating stamp sets
If you order the new collection from me, you'll be entered to win $20 in free product or a 50% off item! Here's what you do:

1. Order the You Are Here collection on my website (either the physical or digital collection).

2. When you check out, select "Join" next to Cricut Contest at the top of the page. You will then be entered to win!


3. As an additional bonus, if you also purchase the new Hello USA digital add-on (for Explore or Air only), you will receive a pack of Bashful Glitter Paper free!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Close To My Heart Specials - Freebies and Discounts all Month Long!

Our new Annual Inspirations catalog is out and along with it comes some amazing specials this month! Plus, if you place at least a $25 order with me, you'll receive a free catalog!

1. Online Warehouse Sale


Every Tuesday during the month of August we will unveil a fresh set of retired Close To My Heart products and product bundles at a 50% discount! These items will only be available during the week they are launched while supplies last, so you’ll need to act fast!

Want weekly reminders? Follow my Facebook page!


2. Jump For Joy


When you have a home workshop in August, you can earn more free product because you'll jump to the next level of hostess rewards! I call them home workshops because you and your guests will also make a free, fun project!


3. Rewards Your way


Do you want even more free product? How about a chance to be a part of a team that goes to crops and fun Close To My Heart events together?

If you join CTMH during August, you have a chance to earn an additional $99 in free product above what you get when you sign up! Plus, you'll be a part of a team that loves to craft!


4. August Stamp of the Month


The Stamp of the Month is only available during its month and is only $5 ($12.95 savings!) with every $50 ordered (before shipping and tax). When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before you check out.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Retiring Products: Adventure Layout

This is my final layout using the retiring Adventure collection:




I am going to miss the fun and bright patterns of the Adventure Fundamentals paper and Complements! Fortunately, all the adorable flowers and images from the Flower Market Cartridge are staying, so there will be more fun and flowery projects coming your way with the new catalog.

There are a lot of products retiring, so make sure to check them out now to see if there is anything you still need!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Retiring Products: Fundamentals Combo Card

All of the current Paper Fundamentals collections are retiring - and all of them work so well together and with our themed paper packs! I made the below card using pieces from all the collections, including both paper and embellishments.


I love creating cards and layouts using this technique! Simply choose strips of different colored paper and decorate them with embellishments, stamped images, etc. in the same color family. It looks so cool!

There are a lot of products retiring, so make sure to check them out now to see if there is anything you still need!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Word Puzzles Card Set (Part 2)

As promised, here is my follow-up to the Word Puzzles Card set I posted here. This time, with a sneak peek at new products!



For these two cards, I used the same pattern, but completely different papers, colors and themes. It's such an easy way to create cards for the entire year!

Along with the amazing Word Puzzle stamp collection, I used cardstock, patterned paper and embellishments from the new catalog that is coming out August 1st! Can you spot them?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Retiring Products: Enchantment Fundamentals Layout

Our current catalog is retiring on July 31st, so I wanted to make sure to show you a few more projects made using some of the products that will no longer be available after this month.


The Enchantment Fundamentals are so perfect for celebrating fun summer moments - bright and soft with such fun patterns! Plus the Enchantment Complements add wonderful little touches.

I also made sure to use one of our Pocket Plus pages (those are staying!) so I could tell a little story within the larger layout.


There are a lot of products retiring, so make sure to check them out now to see if there is anything you still need!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - Word Puzzles Card Set (Part 1)

Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop! Come follow Close To My Heart consultants from the Rose Blossom team as we share our creations made using any stamp sets currently available for Stampaganza

Why? Because during July, you can buy any 2 full-priced stamp sets and get the 3rd of equal or lesser value free!


Even better - CTMH brought back some retired stamp sets that you can also choose from during this special:


If you came here from Shelly's amazing blog, you are on the right path. If you get lost along the way, come back here and go to the bottom of the page for the blog hop list.




Inspiration: I've always loved the Word Puzzles stamp collection, and I was so glad to see it was brought back for you to enjoy! I decided to make cards using each of the months in the stamp set. I also had a stack of circle cards lying around, and I thought, why not? :)

Supplies: To showcase the images and sentiments, I kept everything else simple. I used cardstock, bakers' twine and minimal embellishments. I also made my own patterned paper by randomly stamping some of the cardstock.

Part 2: These first 6 cards were made just for this blog hop. Stay tuned as I am going to make the other 6 cards using a few supplies from the new catalog so I can show you some sneak peeks!

Don't miss out on Stampaganza! Start shopping on my website

Now it's time for you to keep moving on the hop.  Head on over to Kristine's lovely blog and see her artwork!

Blog Hop List:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Product Sneak Peak - Convention Layout

There are so amazing new products that will be released in August, and I can't wait for you to see them! 

Until then, here's a sneak peek of some of those products on a layout I created while I was at Close To My Heart's annual Convention:




There are 6 new products on these pages - two paper collections, one complement collection, one embellishment, a special image and a stamp. Can you see them? What new crafting goodies do you think might be coming your way?

Monday, July 10, 2017

August Card Workshop - No Worries

Create 12 summery cards using the beach-themed No Worries collection and learn how to watercolor with your ink pads!




The card kit comes pre-cut and ready to make with leftovers to create more!

When: Saturday, August 12th anytime between 10:30am to 5pm
Where: Quality Inn & Suites, St. Charles, IL
Cost: $25 for 12 cards (4 each of 3 designs)

Sign up by July 18th

Sign Up Now!