Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Long Way Home | June SOTM

Last month, I had a visit from my long-time college friend & her family. She has three girls who love to do crafts, so I had some fun projects for them to do while they were here.

They each got to make cards, a journal & Picture My Life (pocket scrapbook) layout using the June stamp of the month - The Long Way Home. This stamp set is perfect for summer road trip albums!

The journals turned out really cute! 

For the Picture My Life (PML) layouts, we used the same stamp set to make our own PML cards & added a few more (retired) cards. I used my layout for photos from a recent weekend getaway. I hope the girls used there's for their SD trip photos!

We all (even Mom) had a great time staying up late & crafting together! What a fun summer it's been :)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Purr-fect Halloween - Blog Hop - August Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

We will be featuring August's SOTM, which is Purr-fect Halloween. If you have come here from Jen Rubio'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. (If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.)

This month we have over 25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This 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! And as a bonus, you're going to see a ton of NEW product from the new Annual Inspiration catalog that debuted today!

Purr-fect Halloween

Even though we're still in the midst of summer activities, it's never too soon to start planning for Fall. Halloween will be here before you know it! This Halloween inspired stamp set will get you on the right track. And if you've got a crazy cat lady in your life, you can use the set to make some adorable "Crazy Cat" cards & gifts!
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August SOTM
I used my Cricut Artistry cartridge to create the black background design. And I used our silver glitter paper behind the image to make the eyes & mouths pop. The paper is our NEW Enchantment Fundamentals patterned paper packet. I love that each page is two-sided with the same pattern in a coordinating color!
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Purr-Fecf Halloween Card - front
I thought my kitty need a little something, so I used liquid glass to make her eyes & hat stand out a bit more. And I added a little bow from our NEW Enchantment Ribbon pack.
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Purr-fect Halloween Card - close up
I used my Eggplant ink to stamp the inside sentiment.
Purr-fect Halloween Card - inside


I hope you enjoyed what I created for you today. Below you can find a list of supplies I used, which can be ordered on my website 24/7.

Enchantment Fundamentals
Enchantment Ribbon
Eggplant ink
Black ink
Black cardstock
silver glitter paper
silver shimmer trim
Cricut Artistry cartridge
Liquid glass

Thanks for stopping by!

Now "hop" on over to Cat's Blog to see her work. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!

Remember, the August SOTM is only available until the 31stClick here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Summer Celebrations

    Summer is a busy time of year. The days are longer, kids are out of school, people are going on vacation & spending quality time with family. Lots of celebrations happen during the summer in our family; it's party central in June & July. 

    This June marked the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents. We took an amazing trip to Alaska & Denali National Park. And when we got home, we celebrated with friends. It was a lovely party & I think my parents thoroughly enjoyed it! I did all the decorations; many using CTMH products - there was a lot of sparkle.

    I made this mini album with photos from the past 5 decades, using the Kraft Mini Book, Gold glitter paper & Picture My Life (PML) "Our Story" cards (which will ALL be retiring at the end of the month, so get yours today!)

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    Kraft Mini Book
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    Gold Glitter Paper

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    Our Story PML cards
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    Our Story PML cards

    I made a 50 Years of Memories banner using my Cricut cartridges, to display the 50 letters of memories from close friends & family. They were so thrilled to hear from so many folks; we created a display for the party to share the all the memories.
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    Banner - Cricut Art Philosophy 
    And finally, I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge to make rolled flowers for the card box. They came out so beautiful! This cartridge (and 2 others) will be retiring at the end of month too. 
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    Rolled flowers - Cricut Artiste
    Now it's time to start working on the photos albums & capture these memories. Whatever events you have this summer, I hope you're enjoying them. If I can help you create special party favors or organize your photos in pocket pages, mini albums or traditional scrapbooks I hope you'll shop my website.

    Happy Summer!

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Virtual Card Workshop

    Have you checked out our Cut Above card kits? They make it faster, simpler, easier to make handmade cards for your friends & family. Kits include precut die cuts, designer card stock bases, embellishments & envelopes to make 10 cards. What a value!

    Pair these card kits with your favorite M-size stamp & you've got all the materials you need.

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    Fiesta & Jubilee card kits
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    These 2 kits (below) will be retiring at the end of August, so order your kits while supplies last.

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    Beautiful Blossoms & Dapper Giraffe card kits
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    You're invited to join me for a virtual card workshop! Create beautiful cards like this from the comfort of your home. You pick the date & I'll Skype or FaceTime with you, at your convenience to put these adorable cards together. Contact me now to put a date on my calendar!

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    Stamp of the Month - From the Notebook

    The July stamp of the month is perfect for planners - are you a "planner chick"?? If so, you're going to want to add this stamp to your collection! 

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    From the Notebook - acrylic stamp

    But it's versatile enough for scrapbooking, as well. Want to see more inspiring artwork with this stamp set? Visit the consultant blog hop!

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    Artwork - From the Notebook

    Get yours for only $5 with a $50 order this month.

    Sunday, July 10, 2016

    3rd Annual Log Cabin Retreat

    In May, I traveled back to WA (yes, I had just moved from there a few weeks before) to spend 4 fun-filled days with some of my favorite crafty friends. We had a wonderful weekend; it was relaxing, productive & full of laughs -- and wine! 

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    Craft-themed wine - thanks to Carla!
    One of the projects we worked on was this adorable perpetual birthday book (inspired by Michele Rowley) using the Cricut Artistry cartridge & a Picture My Life card kit. Below is the list of supplies - this is a fun & easy workshop to do with a couple friends. Makes a great gift! Contact me to schedule your workshop. Most items are on the retiring list, so if you'd like to create this little book be sure to order your items before the end of July.
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    Perpetual Birthday Book/Calendar


    My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book

    Picture My Life™ Through the Year 

    Purple Shimmer Trim 

    White Glitter Paper
    Whimsy Cardstock
    Jennifer's Hand Alpha Stamp

    If you're interested in attending a future retreat, please visit my Facebook Retreat group page!

    Tuesday, July 5, 2016

    Spring Recap

    Greetings Crafty Friends! I've been MIA the past few months, but I'm gearing up & hoping to launch my CTMH business in my new community soon!

    This spring my husband & I moved back to our "home" in South Dakota - where all our extended family lives. What a blessing it is to be able to spend "unlimited" time with our loved ones again after being gone so many years! Over the next few weeks, I'll be blogging with a recap of the past few months & the creations I made along the way.

    We started celebrating in May for Mother's Day. It's been a long time since I spent Mother's Day with my mom! The weather cooperated & we enjoyed a beautiful brunch on the deck. I used retired papers to make the pinwheels & my Cricut Artiste cartridge to cut out "Happy Mother's Day" from our gorgeous glitter paper. This cartridge (and a few others) will be retiring next month, to make way for a NEW one. Personally, Artiste is one of my favorites. You can still purchase it while supplies last.

    Check out the available glitter paper colors here. Many are retiring at the end of July, so if you love them like I do, stock up now! They cut beautifully with the Cricut.
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    Glitter Paper

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    Cricut Artiste

    I made my Mother's Day cards using the May special, Happy Times, paper packet & stamp set. Don't you just love the gold foil accents on the paper? Unfortunately, it's no longer available on my website, but I still have one paper packet in my stash...contact me if you're interested in buying it!
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    Happy Times - May Special

    I filled paper bags with homemade cookies for all the moms. And I used dollar store clothespins, our base & bling glass covers & shimmer trim to create these "bag clips"- the base & bling stickers & many of the shimmer trim colors are also retiring items. You can still order them until the end of the month though!

    Please come by next week to see how my annual retreat in May turned out!

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