Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February SOTM Blog Hop!

Welcome to our CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring February's SOTM, which is called Thoughtful Tidings, a stylish set of 11 sentiment stamps! 

If you have come here from MELISSA'S BLOG, you are on the right path! This month we have 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

This month I made these delightful pages using the Roxie Paper Packet for my Monthly Memories club that meets on Friday. There's a lot of love and detail on these pages, which I've expanded on below, but here's a close up of the embellishment cluster I created using three of the images from the February SOTM. First I cut Colonial White CS to fit each image using my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. I stamped the Hugged sentiment onto the ticket in Cocoa Ink, then distressed twice, first with Tulip ink on a sponge, then with Cocoa Ink on a dauber. It gives a bit more dimension to the inking and sharpens the edge of the Tulip sponging.

For the Main frame image I inked the stamp in Tulip Ink, then I used the leafy vine image form the Roxie WOTG stamp set inked in Cocoa ink to "Kiss and Twist" over the surface of the inked stamp to create that pretty tapestry effect. Just keep inking, then pressing the stamp and twisting across the surface of the bigger stamp until you're happy with your marbling. Then "huff" warm air over the marbled stamp before stamping it onto your surface, in this case a Cricut diecut that matches perfectly! I pierced holes all around the diecut stamped image and detailed the line of holes with a Cocoa marker to create the faux stitching. I layered the pieces together using 3-D Foam tape and popped a heart Rolled in Tulip/Cocoa inks behind my frame along with a sparkly Bling Assortment beaded pin!

I put more pics and explanations below if you want to see more of the layout details and techniques, or you can  "Hop" on over to KRISTA'S BLOG to see her crafty work! Be sure to visit all of the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! 

Remember, this SOTM is only available until the end of February. Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for just $5!

Here's a close up of the left page.  I cut the big frame on my Cricut using my Art Philosophy Cartridge. The butterflies are also from my Art Philosophy, cut as a solid and as a decorative layer. I cut the deco-layer apart so I could  make each butterfly be a bit more unique. I attached the butterflies with bling pins that are bent in half and tucking into the page elements.

 I stamped the title using the new Keepsake Alphabet debuting in the new catalog on February 1st! I stamped it in Cocoa ink, then double stamped it without reinking to get a slight shadow to my scripty text. It also comes with a plethora of tiny alphabetized sayings, so I added one of those right below my bigger title, accented with a couple of Bitty Sparkles

See that lovely wide stitched red ribbon at the bottom? It's actually just cardstock!! I was so pleased with how well this technique worked. I embossed a line right along the edge of my Cardstock Strip.  I did it just 1/4" inch in from the edge on each side. Then I flipped it over and sanded it with the fine grit side of the sanding block. The embossed line turns white. Next I used my CTMH piercing Ruler to pierce the holes along the embossed line, which makes the CS looked stitched along the sides! A bit of a notch on the ends and I have faux stitched - faux ribbon! 

Here are some other projects I have made using the February Stamp of the Month...

And I'm linking this to the Paper Issues All We Need Is Love party - go check out the adorable love projects going on there too!!

Adorable Team Meeting Cards!

This weekend I was a lucky gal who's hubby took the three kiddos (5, 3, and 2) while I got to spend the whole day Saturday stamping with my upline Ginni and a whole gob of super fun CTMH consultants (and even out to dinner with some of the amazing ladies from my team)!

Here's a couple of the many adorable projects the talented Ginni designed for us to make on Saturday. The new Milk Carton looks so sweet stamped up in the new My Peeps stamp set - I cannot wait to make some glittery peep inspired cards at Easter! We made a cute little CS holder that can tote a two pack of these cartons too. Check out that binder clip at the top - yet another new catty sneak peek!
I think my favorite card that we made is this Coffee Gift Card holder. Now, I am a super huge caffeine addict, and Starbucks was one of the first places each of my children could reliably identify as we were out and about town (hanging my head a bit). So a card that IS a coffee cup with a sliding panel to conceal a coffee gift card  - well, you could say that's just my cuppa tea! I love how she even added a little 1/4" strip detail to the lid we made so that it really looks like a coffee cup lid. The February SOTM sentiment topped off the card perfectly!

There were many more projects too, layouts and cards galore! Thanks to Ginni for hosting us for such a fun day of stamping - can't wait to do it again in April!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

New Product Blog Hop!

Welcome to our CTMH New Product Blog Hop! We will be featuring lots of fab NEW products to be released in the Sprig/Summer catalog starting February 1st.  

If you have come here from LALIA'S BLOG, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.

This month we have almost 30 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using new CTMH product on their blogs. Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I whipped up this adorable little flying birdie card for the blog hop this month using the new Lucy papers.  I made the birdies out of our amazing Bling Collection buttons (which aren't technically new), but using the NEW Paradise Paper Flowers. Can you see that darling polka dot printed on the flower - heaven! I trimmed individual petals off the flowers to use as the wings for my birds and attached them with Liquid Glass. A Bitty pearl opaque eye and some My Legacy Writer action finish off my little birdies. Tweet!

 I used one of my favorite new stamp sets to make my card, a huge E sized alphabet called Keepsake Alphabet. It's got the entire alphabet in these huge, beautiful scripty letters, plus a plethora a alphabetized sayings to match! I used the Alpha letters for my FLY sentiment, which I fussy cut right down to the tiny space int he "Y" with my microtip scissors (inspired by the Moxie Fab Cool Tools Cutting and Trimming Challenge).  Then I popped them up with 3-D foam tape. Since ours comes on a roll it's easy to trim the tiny strips needed to pop up finer work like this. I used Teflon coated kid scissors to trim it so I don't mess up my good scissors.!

I stamped my backgrounds for each little chick with an image I assembled out of the sayings from the Keepsake Alphabet set. It's one of the things I love most about acrylic stamping - you can customize the images you stamp by shaping and combining them on blocks. In this case as I stamped the three birdie backgrounds I moved the image I created around a bit so each one reads slightly differently. Finally, I wrapped my whole card with some of our NEW yummy Baker's Twine.  I got all I wanted for Christmas and more in this new catalog!

 Read for more? You can  "Hop" on over to CASANDRA'S BLOG to see her crafty work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get lots of sneak peeks and other fun ideas! Remember, this new catalog goes live February 1st. In the meantime, don't forget to check out the retiring products list, available only through the 31st!

Here are some other projects I have made using the NEW product (more sneak peeks!)...
Pemberly Black and White Card (my fav new stamp set!)

And I linked this to the Moxie Fab Cool Tool Cutting Challenge - don't forget to check them out too! Inspiration overload may now commence...have you met Pinterest yet?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

CTMH Retiring items: Get them while you can!

All of these great Close To My Heart products will be retiring on January 31, plus the January SOTM and Rock the Block special are ending.  Be sure to grab your favorites (like the Dreamin' paper I used on this card)  on my website while you still can.

I've tried to make seeing these items and shopping for them as convenient for you as I could.  You can click on each item to view and/or add it to your shopping cart.  While shopping, don't forget to check out the "While Supplies Last" section for great deals on already retired items.  Many of them are as much as 81% off their regular price. Plus anyone placing a web order on my site this month will get an extra gift from me in the mail at the beginning of February (a little birthday celebration from me to you!)

If this weren't enough good news and excitement, I have one more little tidbit for you:  Close To My Heart has now added "Smart Post Shipping" for orders on my website for only $4.95. If your order and weight qualify, you will see that option available as you ready to check out.

Before I share the anticipated retiring list, I wanted to remind you not to forget as you are shopping that there are acouple of specials you may want to add to your order.

1.  The "Rock The Block" special: only $15 ($45 value) with a $25 order. Read more about that here.  You'll be prompted to add this to your order before you check out if you have spent $25 from the current catalog (not the retiring while supplies last items).

2.  The January Stamp of the Month (Little Reminder)The link here takes you to the January SOTM blog hop with dozens of terrific ideas for this useful stamp set.  This set ($17.95 value) is yours this month for only $5 with a $50 order. You'll be prompted to add it to your order at the end.

January 31, 2012 Retiring List

Paper Collections
Typeset Workshop on the Go (WOTG) Kit - G1024 - $29.95
Roxie WOTG Kit - G1025 - $29.95
Elemental WOTG Kit - G1026 - $29.95
Dreamin' L2 Paper - X7142B - $9.95
Dreamin' My Stickease - X7142C - $4.95
Dreamin' WOTG Kit - G1027 - $29.95
Sonoma WOTG Kit - G1028 - $29.95
Mischief L2 Paper - X7144B - $9.95
Mischief Compliments Rubons - X7144C - $4.95
Mischief WOTG Kit - G1029 - $29.95
Believe L2 Paper - X7145B - $9.95
Believe MyStickease - X7145C - $4.95
Believe WOTG Kit - G1030 - $29.95
Wonderland L2 Paper - X7146B - $9.95 
Wonderland MyStickease - GX7146C - $4.95
Wonderland WOTG Kit - G0131 - $29.95
Sophia L2 Paper - X7131B - $12.95
Sophia MyStickease - X7131C - $4.95
Lucky L2 Paper - X7137B - $12.95
Lucky MyStickease - X7137C - $4.95
Fanfare L2 Paper - X7138B - $12.95
Fanfare MyStickease - X7138C - $4.95

Stamp Sets
A Hop - A1112 - $6.95
A Little Buzz - B1353 - $9.95
A Little Everything - D1408 - $17.95
A Love - A1103 - $6.95
A Paisley - A1105 - $6.95
A Posey - A1102 - $6.95
Adoption - A1098 - $6.95
Adorning Corners - D1322 - $17.95
Always in my Heart - A1101 - $6.95
Ambiance - C1349 - $13.95
Around the Block - D1377 - $17.95
Baby Love - B1368 - $9.95
Backgrounds and Borders - D1463 - $17.95
Beary Best - C1363 - $13.95
Beary Busy - C1409 - $13.95
Beautiful Butterflies - B1373 - $9.95
Beautiful Things - D1298 - $17.95
Believe in Your Dreams - B1322 - $9.95
Beloved - B1343 - $9.95
Birthday Blast - C1436 - $13.95
Birthday Boy - C1411 - $13.95
Bless this Nest - C1445 - $13.95
Blooming Layers - C1449 - $13.95
Bon Appetit - D1367 - $17.95
Boom! - B1354 - $9.95
Bunny Love - B1324 - $9.95
Campin' Fever - D1353 - $17.95
Carefree - C1447 - $13.95
Catching Waves - D1466 - $17.95
Charmed - C1385 - $13.95
Cherished Flourishes - D1413 - $17.95
Ciao - D1461 - $17.95
Circle Around - D1300 - $17.95
Circle of Love - D1438 - $17.95
Circle Together - B1372 - $9.95
Connections - D1330 - $17.95
Cruisin' - D1471 - $17.95
Cupcake Sprinkles - D1336 - $17.95
Daydream - D1297 - $17.95
Down By The Sea - C1451 - $13.95
Dream Big - D1399 - $17.95
Dreams Come True - D1470 - $17.95
Enjoy Every Moment - C1395 - $13.95
Extreme Happiness - C1356 - $13.95
Family - C1305 - $13.95
Family Ties - Adult - C1346 - $13.95
Family Ties - Children - C1345 - $13.95
Family Ties - Pet - B1350 - $9.95
Fill in the Blank - D1465 - $17.95
Flower Pot - D1409 - $17.95
For Every Occasion - D1187 - $17.95
Friendship Blessings - D1191 - $17.95
From My Heart - C1443 - $13.95
Fun Times - B1309 - $9.95
Happy Holidays - D1431 - $17.95
Happy Moments - C1437 - $13.95
Hero - D1474 - $17.95
His and Hers - C1460 - $13.95
Horizon - C1454 - $13.95
Hot Diggity - C1407 - $13.95
Howdy - D1435 - $17.95
In the Month of February - C1403 - $13.95
In the Month of March - C1404 - $13.95
In the Month of April - C1405 - $13.95
In the Month of May - C1415 - $13.95
In the Month of June - C14016 - $13.95
In the Month of July - C1417 - $13.95
It's a Zoo - C1360 - $13.95
Just For Boys - C1338 - $13.95
Just For Girls - C1337 - $13.95
Just The Ticket - B1323 - $9.95
Kanji Phrases - C1339 - $13.95
Let's Go Camping - C1355 - $13.95
Little Princess - C1414 - $13.95
Love Always - D1337 - $17.95
Love Birds - C1396 - $13.95
Love Ya - D1460 - $17.95
Magic Tabs - C1448 - $13.95
Makin' Waves - C1365 - $13.95
Ms. Chillin' - D1404 - $17.95
Ms. Scrapbook  -B1352 - $9.95
Notice the Details - D1378 - $17.95
On the Edge - C1399 - $13.95
On This Day - D1468 - $17.95
One of a Kind - D1410 - $17.95
Over The Rainbow - D1426 - $17.95
Paisley Praise - D1414 - $17.95
Piece of Cake - D1407 - $17.95
Play Day - D1360 - $17.95
Post Card - Travel Series - D1357 - $17.95
Precious Love - C1444 - $13.95
Priceless Love Word Puzzle - D1348 - $17.95
Recipe Box - D1364 - $17.95
Retro Tech - C1446 - $13.95
Royal Birth - D1441 - $17.95
Salutation Seals - C1461 - $13.95
Shining Star - D1320 - $17.95
Smiles - C1397  - $13.95
So Lucky - C1390 - $13.95
Soul Mates - D1354 - $17.95
Springtime - D1415 - $17.95
Star Power - D1403 - $17.95
Summer Breeze - C1453 - $13.95
Summer Days - B1375 - $9.95
Sweet Baby  - C1359 - $13.95
Take Luck - B1364 - $9.95
Tasty Treats - D1427 - $17.95
Tea Time - C1438 - $13.95
Thank You - D361 - $17.95
Thrill Ride - D1425 - $17.95
TLC - C1364 - $13.95
Togetherness - D1402 - $17.95
Treetops - C1368 - $13.95
Trellis - D1451 - $17.95
True Happiness - D1365 - $17.95
Two-Step Backgrounds - D1473 - $17.95
Unity - C1422 - $113.95
X-Treme - D1432 - $17.95
You Did It - C1351 - $13.95
You Rock - D1346 - $17.95
You're Great - D1434 - $17.95
You're Sweet - B1351 - $9.95

Colonial White Ribbon Collection - Z1126 - $7.95
Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon - Z1103 - $6.95
Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon - Z1100 - $6.95
Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon - Z1102 - $6.95
White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon - Z270 - $6.95
Wings Level 2 Assortment - Z1398 - $4.95

Embroidery Floss - Red/Pink - Z1092 - $3.25
Embroidery Floss - Green - Z1094 - $3.25
Embroidery Floss - Blue/Purple - Z1093 - $3.25

Waxy Flax
Cranberry - Z1086 - $3.95
Sorbet - Z1249 - $3.95
Juniper - Z1248 - $3.95
Crystal Blue - Z1247 - $3.95

Designer Brads - Colonial White - Z1274 - $3.95
Decorative Brads - Pewter - Z1146 - $3.95

Mini-Medley and Eyelets
Mini-Medley - Antiqued Copper - Z1275 - $4.95
Mini-Medley - Colonial White - Z1276 - $4.95
Foundry Metal - Bookplates - Z1147 - $3.50
Soft Set Eyelet Tool  - Z1208 - $14.95
Soft Set Eyelets - Black and White Daisy - Z1228 - $3.95
Soft Set Eyelets - Chocolate and Colonial White - Z1229 - $3.95

Coordinating Collection Embellishments
Midnight Felt Shapes - Z1462 - $3.95
Harvest Charms - Z1633 - $4.95
Holiday Pockets - Z1486 - $4.95
Lucky Level 2 Assortment - Z1356 - $4.95
Lucky Level 2 Journaling Spots - Z1359 - $3.95
Bliss Level 2 Assortment - Z1355 - $5.95
Sweetheart Level 2 Assortment - Z1386- $4.95
Fanfare Level 2 Assortment - Z1400 - $4.95
Just Blooms Spring Blossom - Z1266 - $7.95
Just Blooms White Daisy Variety Pack - Z1300 - $5.95

Color Ready Alphabets
Color Ready Alphabets - Oxford - X5749 - $3.95
Color Ready Alphabets - Hodge Podge - X1406 - $3.95

My Creations Items
My Creations - Board Book -  Z1310 - $6.95
My Creations - Journal - Z1268 - $7.95
My Creations - Memory Showcase 9x9 - Z1198 - $5.95

Rubber Brayer - Z616 - $12.95
Eyelet Tool Replacement Punches - Z1245 - $2.95

Have fun shopping on my website!


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