Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Become A Close to My Heart Consultant in July for a Special Bonus!

Hey you guys!

If you ever thought about signing up to be a Close to My Heart Consultant, either to start your own business or to support your own habits with a discount, NOW is definitely the time!  The $75 kit starts you off with all these amazing supplies, PLUS $50 in credit toward your own product choices!

The new kit is an amazing value on its own, but when you sign up in July, you also get some BRAND NEW products as a BONUS for FREE! You get to choose one of the new Fundamentals Collections and a coordinating Complement Set!!!  Each set is worth over $30!!!

This sign-up promotion runs through July which is even better because you get to order all the NEW items that will be released to customers in August and get a jump start on your business or hobby!  Start getting over a 20% discount on your Close to My Heart supplies including all the Cricut Collections!  Still need the three retiring Collections?  Get them with your discount as soon as you are approved today!  :)

Join Team Been There, Blinged That by using THIS LINK or check out the information HERE if you still have questions.  The Close to My Heart Blog has a great post up today with even MORE information and some super-cute layouts with the new products!

Get your Stamp of the Month early and at a discount as a consultant!

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Means Hello and Good-bye!

Happy July!!!

I am HUGELY excited to share some things with you, so let's get going!

FIRST of all, meet the new Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart, From the Notebook...

Did you know all CTMH stamp sets are made in the USA!!!

Did you notice it coordinates with the Artistry Cricut Cartridge?  Yeah!!!

Speaking of Cricut Cartridges, did you hear that THREE of our very first collections are RETIRING after July along with most of their coordinating stamps????  It is totally true, so if you still haven't picked up the Cricut Art Philosophy, Artiste, or Artfully Sent Collections, you better get them before they are GONE!!!

Art Philosophy (the very first CTMH cartridge!)


Artfully Sent
 Here is a link to ALL the other products we are saying good-bye to at the end of the month--OR whenever they run out of stock!  RETIRING PRODUCTS

July also means a BIG hello and good-bye for my family.  We are packing up to say good-bye to our home of 12 and a half years and moving on to another place to make our own!  It has been quite the process, but it should all come together FINALLY this month.  If I disappear for any length of time, I promise to be back as soon as I can.  I have absolutely no idea what it will be like to pack up my craft cave and not have access to my favorite hobby, so I hope everything goes quickly and smoothly!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Freshly Made Awesome!

I'm back again to share a little bit more AWESOME from one of Close to My Heart's new stamp sets, Beyond Awesome!  I used the new sketch from the ladies over at Freshly Made Sketches this week, but turned it on its side:

Have you guys ever heard of Kid President?  If not, I HIGHLY suggest you look him up on YouTube.  I discovered him through my peeps at school, and I adore his outlook on life!  He has a thing for making people happy and just plain being an awesome human.  He also likes corn dogs.  You guys...I just had to.

That AWESOME watercolor background was painted my by AWESOME kiddo!

I made a card JUST for him using the Carnival Fun Stamps and Thin Cuts!  The CS colors are Lagoon and the soon to retire Pear--both found in the Adventure CS Pack.  The cute little sunglasses worn by the corn dog (stamped in Goldrush and the retiring ink color Honey) are found on one of the Zip Strips from the Calypso Paper Packet.  Thanks to the awesome consultants who shared their sunglasses Zip Strip ideas!

I hope he likes it, because he is the definition of AWESOME!!!!

Last chance to grab this one today!

LAST DAY for the FLASH SALE bundles!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Beyond Awesome Watercolors

Ready to see more cards with the sentiments from Beyond Awesome?  AWESOME!!!  I you missed my post yesterday, be sure to check that one out too!

LOVE this sentiment still!  I used one of the FUN PML pocket cards from the Calypso Paper Packet to back the watercolored oval this time...

That cute stitched from is from one of my MCT dies...love that look!
I didn't stop there, though!  Last month Close to My Heart had a super fun paper pack called Happy Times with a pretty gold foil.  I used the woodgrain paper from the same pack to create this version of my cards...

I used my Versamark Ink to stamp the image and sprinkled it with Princess Gold Embossing Powder before hitting it with my craft heater to make it nice and shiny...

The watercolor on this one turned out SO yummy!

Just a little piece of advice when heat embossing.  I use this powder tool from EK to brush a fine powder all over the area I will stamp to prevent the embossing powder from sticking where I don't want it.  It works SO WELL, you simply MUST use one!

I had quite a bit of creating going on here!
You can see I made LOTS of watercolored backgrounds at one time, and I'm not done sharing them yet!  Come on back tomorrow to see more!

Don't miss the LAST Flash Sale for June!  This special sale on bundled products will continue until the end of the month so there are just two days left!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Without a Little Help, It Can Be a Long Way Home

Hi there!  Anyone ever have some car trouble?  Yeah, well you can totally understand where I am coming from with this particular post.  One of the worst feelings has to be when the check engine light comes on in your vehicle.  Even more stressful, is when it comes on at 70 MPH on the expressway in another state!

Well, thank goodness my dad and bro-in-law were totally ON it when I cautiously rolled into my Sister's driveway a few weeks ago!  It was SUCH a huge relief to not even have to deal with it, and hello, what a fab opportunity to make a fun card!

The Beyond Awesome My Acrylix stamp set from Close to My Heart is...let's just say...BEYOND AWESOME!
 I love all the fun AWESOME sentiments!  This is probably my fave...

How ridiculously awesome are these vellum arrow accents from the Calypso Complements?
I thought it would be a nice touch to (gently) remind the boys what exactly they were awesome for, so I used the Long Way Home Stamp of the Month to get my point across on the inside...

I used my Watercolor Paints and Beautiful You PML cards for the sentiment background on this one, and I happen to have a few more cards like this one to show you!  Make sure you come back tomorrow to see!  :)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Father's Day Part Two

Soooooo, yeah, it was already Father's Day, but it isn't too late to start planning for next year, so I want to share another card I made the day I got my favorite birthday present...my MISTI stamping tool!!!  ( Did you take a breath reading that, lol?)

I am not sure if the pics I took help...but there are tons of videos about how to use the Misti on YouTube if you want to learn the best way.  I LOVE using a little trick to get the most out of my clear acrylic stamps from Close to My Heart...flipping the stamp over!  I used that simple method along with the Misti to get this bottle filled with my father-in-law's favorite kind of pop--Sunkist.  It just so happens to be my fave too!

The Misti has a clear door that swings open that replaces the need for a block.

I used the Day for Dad My Acrylix stamp set and the Calypso Paper Packet for this easy but personalized card.

Only in June!

Hurry!!!  Ends with June!!!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Color Dare #199 Meets Fundamental Friday!

Are you ready for a dare?

Good!!!  It's time for Color Dare #199, and the sweet ladies over at the Color My Heart blog asked me to Guest Design with them this week!  I haven't had much of a chance to join in, so I was excited to have the motivation as well as the time this summer!

When I heard the color combination of Cranberry, Pacifica, Sunset, and White Daisy, I immediately thought of the new Magical Paper Collection from Close to My Heart...and sang in my head, "Mickey Mouse...Donald Duck!"  ;)

***My apologies in advance--I am old school Color Dare and didn't realize we were to only use this week's colors!  I added black as my neutral...

The current Stamp of the Month, The Long Way Home, is a perfect companion to all your travel pics, so it naturally fell into place in this cluster along with the Mickey head created out of Black Glitter Paper and my circle punches.  I used some ticket shapes cut from the retiring Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and some bits and pieces from the Fundamental Assortment Cranberry and the Magical Compliments and Sequins to add some punch.

This is my favorite thing to make these days with the little bows in the Fundamental Assortment...Minnie Mouse heads!  I also incorporated some easy texture into my layout by dry embossing onto my CS using the Confetti Stars and Stripes Folders...

At the time I was creating this layout, I was also creating for an upcoming Blog Hop all about embossing, so I also used my Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder and Versamark Ink to add some heat embossing with this van image!  It's a great way to add a white image to your creations! 

See that Black Shimmer Trim peeking out from behind the van?  ;)  Thought so!
I had SO much fun creating with this week's Color Dare!  Now it's YOUR turn to get crafty and link up with us HERE!  :)

Be sure to tune in to MY WEBSITE on Friday at 4pm CST for another Close to My Heart FLASH SALE!  Some of the supplies I used have been steeply discounted on the past Fridays, so I expect them to be again...AND it will be the LAST FLASH SALE this month!!!  :)