Monday, March 2, 2015

Sticky Boy and the CTMH March Stamp of the Month Choose Happy

March is here, but where, OH, where is spring?  Here in the Midwest, well, actually, pretty much all over the USA, winter has a tight grip on us.  Thankfully, that hasn't stopped our fantastic Stamp of the Month program at Close to My Heart!  :)

I recently received a fantastic gift from my upline, Mandy--a limited edition Sticky Boy stamp!  She received them as a sales incentive promotion, and was excited to pass the duplicate Sticky Boys along to us.  The wonderful ladies on the Damask Divas Team nominated several teammates to receive him, and I was one!  I was so excited when he arrived!  Thanks, you guys!

I inked him up along with the new Choose Happy Stamp of the Month and made a special kind of shaker card...

There is a window in the card front that lets the sentiment inside the card show through!  This was very easy, so if you can get through this picture-heavy post, you will be all set to try one yourself!

First, I used my stitched circle dies from MCT to create all the circle cuts.  If you are using a pattern paper on the front of the card, attach it before you cut the circle.  Also, cut the circle in the CS that will cover the inside of your card to hide the acetate (but don't attach this one yet.)  Attach a rectangle of acetate packaging (mine is from cricut cartridges, lol) over the circle on the card front AFTER you stamp your sentiment through it for placement. I used my ATG to attach all my acetate and it worked perfectly.

You will need a ring of CS cut with the INNER circle the same diameter as the one on the card.  The acetate circle will be the same size as the larger circle of the ring in diameter.

Attach the acetate circle to the ring.  Then back the acetate side with foam tape to give your sequins space to move around.

My sequins from a Lawn Fawn package matched the colors for my card perfectly!  I lay them on the front of my card on the acetate circle and covered them with this circle... 

Finally, cover the inside of your card front with the CS to hide the acetate...I used Crystal Blue to match the ring of CS on the front.

Now you can finish decorating the front of your card!  :) 

Fussy cutting Sticky Boy...did you know he has his own FB Page?
Up in the top corner I stamped and cut out two balloons.  Then I used a swirly stamp from Choose Happy to make the balloon string.  I drew the second one in to match the swirly style...

I HAD to use the Purple Glitter Paper to make one of the balloons--I just stamped the BACK side of the paper.

I stamped Sticky Boy on the back-side of the Confetti Wishes pattern to give him a striped balloon.  Then I stamped him again on Crystal Blue SC to add that adorbs party hat.  Then I colored in the dots with the Marine Blue ShinHan Touch Twin Marker.  A little bit of bling from the Purple Glitter Gems finished it off nicely.

Finally, a strip of Silver Shimmer Trim and a few rows of the scallopy edge stamp from Choose Happy in Thistle, Crystal Blue, and Pacifica, and it was finished!  :)

Remember, the Stamp of the Month I used here is only around for ONE month to order, so don't wait for the snow to disappear, lol!  :)

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Recruiting on a Roll!

If you have EVER thought about becoming an Independent Consultant with Close to My Heart, now is the time to jump in!  During the month of March, when you join my team, you will receive the Shoulder Tote absolutely FREE with your kit.  You can choose either of these two kits for just $99 and receive over $300 worth of new products...PLUS you can EVEN earn the new ROLLING TOTE for FREE when you sell your first $300 in your first 40 days!  That is an additional $150 value!!!

Here are the two new kits loaded with new products you can't get your hands on until April...

These organization pieces are designed to help you get your business rolling, but they are only available while supplies last, so hurry on over and join today HERE to get your journey started with Team Been There, Blinged That!  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me, I will help you every step of the way!  You can also see my page HERE that can answer many of your questions.  What an amazing opportunity!  :)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Picture My Life #jrlcreativechallenge

SO this is my life! 

Busy, crazy, messy, yes...organized, not so much!  I have only a few things organized to my liking, and one of the things that helps make my life just THAT much easier is the Close to My Heart Picture My Life Scrapbooking system.  Here is my week 7 (that carries RIGHT over into week 8, lol) layout from my Project Life album...

I used the Heartstrings Picture My Life cards JUST the way I like them--plain and simple!  Of course when I have the time, I DO love to spruce them up with embellies and stamped images...and of course some SPARKLE, but for the most part, these cards have saved my scrapbooking bootie this year!  I am all caught up with my pics in 2015!  Can you even believe it?  I KNOW, RIGHT?!

So for the #jrlcreativechallenge on the Close to My Heart Facebook Page, this is my entry.  THIS is how I like to use my Picture My Life Kit cards...plain and simple.  And....DONE!  :)

Today is the very last day of February, so it's you last chance to grab and album at half price (which I use for my PML albums!) and the stamp of the month for just $5!  Here are the links for you!

Buy one get one half off ends today!

A Happy Hello says goodbye today!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Finally Friday!

Another week behind us, and another washi creation to share!

This one is the Celebrate Card that I cut from the Artfully Sent Cartridge...along with a matching envelope liner!

See yesterday's blog post to learn how you can tell where to place your washi by using the Cricut Design Space virtual GO mats.  It shows you right where the Explore will cut!

Now, I didn NOT cut the actual envelope for this one...I used the size A2 Value Pack Cards and Envelopes from Close to My Heart.  The liner fits them PERFECTLY when cut at the size below!  :)  As an added bonus, when you use a liner, it protects your card embellishments from the mail sorter.  Gotta LOVE that!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Washi Thursday? ;)

I have lots more fun with washi to show you, so let's go!

Yesterday, I used the washi covered letters I cut from the Celebrate Pocket card on the Artfully Sent Cartridge.  Today I'm going to show you the Pocket!  :)  This is what it looked like before assembly...

And here it is after adding a piece of black CS behind the letters!

I didn't want to add anything else just yet...I do have a plan for it, and will show you next week!  I also added a strip of Washi along the top edge of the opening so that anything I slide down inside the sleeve will go in smoothly without getting hung up on the edge of the black CS.

That's it for today!  I have ONE more to show you tomorrow...and it includes an envelope!  :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Washi Wednesday Meets #jrlcreativechallenge

I am so excited to share this washi project today...It has been on my brain's backburner FOREVER, but I finally got motivated and actually made it with the latest #jrlcreativechallenge -- getting creative with WASHI!

Washi is a super thin tape, so it doesn't add much bulk to your paper.  That means it will ALSO run through your Cricut machine stuck to CS!  :)

My first step was to design my cuts in Cricut Design Space so I could see exactly where on my paper to put the washi tape.  I used the following images from the Close to My Heart Artfully Sent Cartridge: the Celebrate Card (M10113C) sized at a 5 inch height, Pocket Card (M100F7D) sized at a 6 inch height, and Envelope #11 (MEF85D) sized at an 8.65 inch height.

After you save your design, click the GO button to view your mats.  This will show you exactly where to place your washi on a piece of CS.  In this case, I decided to go all out and washi the whole 9 x 12 CS!  :)

Here's a quick tip--go slowly when unrolling washi!  It is super-thin, so likes to come off before you are fully ready for it to rip sometimes.  Luckily, it is also easy to piece back together--bet you can't tell very easily where I had to!  ;)

I used my Non-Stick Micro Tip Scissors to trim the washi.
Next, place your CS on the cricut mat and cut away!

Another use for washi!  Holds your CS to your mat!  ;)

I decided to use just the letters for my first project.  I placed them roughly in the same places as they were on the cutting mat to align the washi lines...the black CS really made the colors POP!

A few silver sequins as embellishments, and I was done!  :)

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see what I did with the rest of the washi cuts!  :)

Here is a list of all the CTMH washi I used...

Honey Triangles
Silver Geometric
Ruby Chevron
Topiary Striped
Lagoon Hearts (cut in half lengthwise)
Sunset Chevron (cut in half lengthwise)

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Makeover Monday for My Creative Time!

I LOVE looking forward to Mondays, and Makeover Mondays are always something to look forward to!  :)

On Friday I shared this little PML card I made for my 2015 album...

 and I knew just how to spruce it up for my post today, and for the challenge Emma is having over at My Creative Time this month.  I used her amazing dies to create the perfect embellishments!  Here is the color inspiration...

Creative Challenge

Now, check out my PML card makeover!

LOVE the silver sequins.

You guessed it--it's been a pretty snowy winter near Chi-town!  :)

LOVE Emma's stitched flat-bottom clouds!

I used the MCT snowflake and stitched cloud dies, Close to My Heart Hopscotch PML cards, and an image from the Stamp of the Month shown below for the "sun."  The snowflakes are cut on a pattern from the Wanderful Paper Packet.

HUGE thanks to Emma for posting her challenges on the side of her blog now--SO easy to find!!!  :)

A Happy Hello!

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